YOUNG children were among members of the public forced to flee an armed gang, who subjected two men to violent beatings in Ennis town centre.
The incident was part of a feud between two Traveller families that spilled onto the streets of Ennis in the summer of 2017.
Amid a heavy garda presence on Monday, Ennis Circuit Criminal Court was shown footage of a man being struck 10 times by another man carrying a stick in front of dozens of people on a crowded O’Connell Street on July 28, 2017.
Outside the nearby Templegate Hotel, at the same time as the attack, cameras show a woman and two young children running into a building to avoid a gang of four people chasing another man. The man falls and is beaten by another man carrying a stick.
The attacks happened hours after Damien Sherlock (pictured above) was the victim of a
Mr Sherlock appeared in court on Monday on a separate charge.
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