8 arrested in Irish cemetery riots

8 arrested in Irish cemetery riots

Eight people have been arrested in Ireland following a violent cemetery brawl between two families who attended separate funerals.

The incident, which took place at Tuam Cemetery in Galway in late September – left five men and two women with life-threatening injuries – including one of the victims who was struck by a wooden cross torn from a grave. Irish time Reports.

The newspaper added that others involved in the riot were stabbed.

The encounter took place in a cemetery in Ireland.

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More than two dozen Irish police arrived at the scene and arrested a suspect who tried to escape with a knife, the Irish Times reports.

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The Irish police members shown here reacted to the incident.
(Photo by Getty Images by De Brian Loles / PA)

The newspaper reported that the clash erupted as part of a dispute between two local families who had previously attended a special funeral service at the cemetery.

Irish police told the newspaper that the latest arrests were made during an operation on Monday, and detainees ranged in age from the mid-twenties to the mid-fifties.

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