A pub fight reminiscent of the “Wild West” involving 50 to 80 people resulted in four Ennis men receiving a suspended two-year sentence at Ennis Circuit Court yesterday (Monday).
The court heard that the fight forced six gardaí outside for their own safety as they felt “the patrons turn” on them in The Lifford Bar, back in October 2010.
In evidence to the court Sergeant Mark Murphy of Ennis Garda Station said everyone was fighting. “I mean everyone”, the garda told the court.
“It was a scene from a wild west movie,” he said.
The court heard that at 11pm on the night in question the Gardaí were called to the Ennis licence premises on the Newbridge Road.
A garda described all the pub’s patrons as being involved in the fight, as cans, bottles and glasses were thrown indiscriminately, tables and stools knocked over and used as weapons. The court heard that one of the defendants, John Anthony McDonagh, was inside the counter throwing glasses indiscriminately with both hands and laughing as he was throwing them.
“Due to the risk to the members I ordered all gardaí outside,” said Sgt Murphy.
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Claire Gallagher is a multi-award winning journalist with more than 15 years experience in media. The Galwegan began her career in radio working in news and current affairs. Having spent a year on the dark side – political PR and Spin – she returned to journalism and has since then worked mainly in print – regional and national – while continuing to work with the broadcast media. She has been with the Clare People since its foundation in 2005. She was awarded “Young Irish Medical Journalist of the Year” in June 2008 while working with the paper. Twitter @galocon Facebook ClaireGallagherClarePeople

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