Limerick men to appeal prison sentences

Five Limerick men will today appeal jail sentences they received for their part in a pitched battle between feuding gangs in the city over three years ago.

In all nine people were jailed over the disturbances which occurred outside a fast food restaurant in May 2003.

Five of the nine men, Kieran Ryan, Patrick McCarthy, Edward McCarthy, David McCarthy and David Sheehan all with addresses in Limerick city will appear before the Court of Criminal Appeal.

During the hearing at Limerick Circuit Court, Judge Carroll Moran said he had to take into account garda evidence that all nine men were heavily involved in a continuing feud, which has led to the deaths of four people since the year 2000.

Four of the men, Kieran Ryan, Patrick McCarthy, Edward McCarthy and David Sheehan were given six year sentences each after being convicted by a jury of violent disorder

David McCarthy was jailed for five years and three months after he also pleaded not guilty to the same charge.

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