Gardaí were last night questioning four people, including a teenage boy, following an alleged incident during which a man was chased through a primary school classroom by at least one other man wielding a weapon.
The incident began shortly before 1.45pm outside the Holy Family Junior School on Station Rd in Ennis.
A man ran from his parked vehicle into the school grounds and through a classroom in an effort to escape his assailants. Witnesses say the man was pursued by as many as three people and that one had a machete.
Gardaí are trying to established what weapons were produced during the incident.
According to one bystander: “There was a man parked in his car waiting to collect a child when a woman pulled out on the road and roared abuse at him.
“She was holding up all the traffic and was just hurling all sorts at him. The school warden asked her to move along because the kids were about to come out and a few minutes later, all hell broke loose.”
While the man sat in his car a second vehicle pulled up on the road and several men and women got out.
According to one parent: “Some of them had their faces covered and they were carrying a machete and what looked like hockey stick.
“One fella had a plastic bag over his head like those two lads on telly. The man in the car ran into the school and through one of the classrooms, maybe two.”
In the meantime, at least one person approached the man’s parked vehicle and smashed most of the windows.
The incident is believed to be linked with an inter-family feud and followed on from a previous incident over the weekend.
Within hours, gardaí arrested a man and a woman while the armed Garda Regional Support Unit was called in to assist gardaí with a further operation last night during which another woman and a teenage boy were detained.
Mayor of Ennis Cllr Michael Guilfoyle said: “This kind of violent behaviour is totally unacceptable but when it happens on the grounds of a primary school, it is an absolute disgrace. I would ask anyone who witnessed anything to tell the gardaí and assist them in their investigation.”
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