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Ugly incident at St. Patricks Cemetery in Dowdallshill

Conor Trindle
22 Jul 2019, 22:22 GMT+10

CO. LOUTH, Ireland - Gardai are seeking witnesses to an ugly incident which occurred at a packed cemetery in Co. Louth on Sunday afternoon.

Gardai and emergency services were called to St. Patricks Cemetery, in Dowdallshill, Dundalk, Co. Louth, after a dark coloured car drove speeded towards a number of people in the cemetery who were attending the annual blessing of the graves event.

Thousands of people were believed to have been taking part in the event at the cemetary at the time.

A man, whose age in unknown was seriously injured and taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

A small number of people received superficial injuries.

The offending car then drove out of the cemetery onto the public road and collided with a number of parked cars before coming to a stop.

A man in his late 20s, believed to be the driver was arrested at the scene.

He is currently detained at Dundalk Garda Station.The incident took place around 3:40pm Sunday afternoon.

"I could hear this screaming and shouting. And there was a lot of people running and a lot of people screaming," local priest Father Mark O'Hagen told ITV News.

The driver sped through the graveyard past the priest towards a car park before driving back towards him and mounting the kerb.

"I tried to wave at him to try and slow him down or stop him.

"He sped on straight through the people again. It was terrifying," Father O'Hagen said.

Investigating Gardai at Dundalk are appealing for witnesses to contact then at Dundalk Garda Station, we are particularly appealing for any person with video footage to contact the incident room.

Dundalk Garda Station can be contacted on 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

(Photo credit: PA).

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