At Ennis Circuit Court, Stephen Coughlan said yesterday the home of Michael Murphy, 45, of Cluain Alainn, Shannon, was terrorised by a gang of youths at 4am.
Garda Colm Moriarty said one of the gang — not before the circuit court — threatened to burn the house down. In reply, Mr Murphy pleaded: “There are kids in the house,” and he told was by the gang member: “Fuck the kids.”
At home with Mr Murphy was his wife, his son Ciarán, daughter, and grandchild, who was a baby at the time.
Mr Coughlan said the gang of eight had arrived in search of Mr Murphy’s son, Ciarán, who was involved in an altercation with one of the accused, Daniel Larkin, earlier that night. He said Mr Larkin had organised the gang to go to the Murphy home and they were later joined by four more.
Garda Moriarty said the gang were abusing Mr Murphy and making threats against his son.
He said Ciarán Murphy came to the doorway and brandished a knife to get the gang to disperse. His mother took it from him.
He said Michael and Ciarán Murphy were encircled by the gang out in front of the home and were being struck from behind “by another and then another”. The crowd dispersed when gardaí arrived.
Jake Egan, aged 22, of 53 Aidan Park, Shannon; Gearóid Condron, aged 22, of Drumline, Newmarket-on-Fergus; Shane O’Connor, aged 22, of 37, Ballycasey More, Shannon; and Daniel Larkin, aged 22, of Mount Ivers, Sixmilebridge, all pleaded guilty to violent disorder.
The court was told all four have no previous convictions. Judge Keyes adjourned sentencing to April 29 and remanded the four on bail.