Nine charged over fracas outside night club

A total of nine people were charged following a melee in Gweedore when four Gardai were surrounded by more than 100 night - clubbers outside a chip shop.

A total of nine people were charged following a melee in Gweedore when four Gardai were surrounded by more than 100 night - clubbers outside a chip shop.

Nine men were accused at Dungloe District Court on Tuesday of 22 offences which included public disorder, obstructing Gardai, intoxication in a public place, threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour and assault on three of the Garda on March 6 last at Ardnagappery, Derrybeg.

Two of the men, 22-year-old Michael Curran of Middle Dore, Bunbeg and 24-year-old Cathal Breslin of Bunbeg, are accused of assaults on the three Gardai as well as charges of obstruction, failure to comply with the instructions of a peace officer, intoxication and threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour.

The remaining defendants are Matthew Crossan,(21) Bunbeg, Michael McBride,(23) Stranacorka, Derrybeg, Stephen Kissane,(21) Meenakiller, Derrybeg, Shuan Curran,(19) Middle Dore, Derrybeg, Daniel Curran,(21) Ardnagappery, Derrybeg, Patrick Harley,(19) Middle Dore, Bunbeg, Cathal Friel,(19) Lunniagh, Derrybeg.

The defendants were charged with threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour, intoxication in a public place with Stephen Kissane and Shaun Curran also facing charges of wilful obstruction.

The court was told that the charges arise of out a fracas when Gardai were surrounded by more than 100 night clubbers and threatened, abused and assaulted as they tried to break up a row between two men outside a chip-shop opposite the Dodge nightclub in Gweedore.

The charges put before the court yesterday followed a lengthy investigation which included study of CCTV cameras.

Judge Paul Kelly took note the legal representatives of the accused and adjourned the case until February 14 at Dungloe District Court.