Seven people were taken to hospital with injuries during a brawl around a funeral in Tuam on Wednesday, with dozens of Gardaí involved.
At approximately 4pm on Wednesday, Gardaí were called to the scene of a violent altercation involving large numbers of people at the cemetery in Tuam.
Roughly 30 Gardaí had to be brought to the scene, with local uniformed and plainclothes personnel joined by the Armed Support Unit, and more officers from around the north-west region.
It’s understood that the brawl broke out following a funeral in the town.
Seven people in total, five men and two women, were injured in the course of the fight, and taken to University Hospital Galway.
A Garda spokesperson said that their injuries are described as non-life threatening.
Gardaí had to physically intervene to separate the groups and dispersed individuals involved in the fight to separate them.
A male youth was arrested by Gardaí attempting to flee the scene in possession of a knife.
This male was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.
Gardaí have commenced an investigation into this incident of violent disorder and are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093 70840, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.