Gardaí believe Patrickswell and Rathkeale ramming incidents are unconnected

Two of the vehicles that were damaged in Rathkeale before Christmas with what appears to be a machette on the road.

GARDAÍ believe a ramming incident in Patrickswell last night is unconnected to a similar incident involving several cars in Rathkeale last Monday.

It’s understood that the separate incidents involved members of the Traveller community who are connected to disputes or feuding.

Two rival groups, one from Askeaton, who are involved in a historical dispute, came together at a premises in Patrickswell around 8.30pm last night, and a number of cars were rammed on the Main Street.

A large crowd gathered at the scene and three men in their 20s were arrested by Gardaí who responded within minutes of the fresh wave of violence.

Detectives are looking to question a number of other parties of interest in relation to their enquiries into the Patrickswell incident.

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They believe that it had nothing to do with violence between Traveller families last Monday in Rathkeale, where armed Gardaí have been deployed to ease tensions between feuding groups.

In a statement issued this morning, a Garda spokeswoman said they were appealing to road users who were in the area of Main Street, Patrickswell between 8pm and 8.30pm last night and who may have camera footage (including dash cam) to make it available to them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.