Father and sons avoid jail over violent disorder

A father and his three sons got suspended jail sentences and 240-hour community service orders yesterday for their part in a violent disorder in Cork where rocks and bottles were thrown.

Danny Quilligan, aged 44, and his three sons, Jason, aged 18, Alan, aged 21, and Daniel Jr, aged 22, all of 6 Annalee Grove, Mayfield, Cork, were sentenced yesterday for engaging in a violent disorder and being armed with weapons on October 24, 2013.

Danny Quilligan Sr was sentenced to two years, suspended, for arming himself with rocks and bottles during the stand-off.

His sons all admitted having slash-hooks.

Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan said the row started a few days earlier with an altercation between a local youth and one of the Quilligans. It became a scene of violent disorder on October 24.

There was an altercation between the Quilligan family and a number of local residents outside the Quilligan family home.

“Members of the Quilligan family were shouting abuse at gardaí and other residents,” said Sgt O’Sullivan. “Gardaí tried to quieten them down but they threw bottles and stones at gardaí. More units of An Garda Síochána had to come to the scene. Ten gardaí were present but the defendants continued shouting and roaring and throwing cans of alcohol and waving slash-hooks and other implements at gardaí.

“Gardaí tried to quell what was going on but they swung the slash-hooks and threw more bottles.”

The Quilligans eventually moved back to their home and gardaí deemed the situation was so fraught the safest option was to cordon off the area. It was not until the next morning that members of the RSU moved in and carried out arrests.

Niamh Stewart, defending Danny Quilligan Sr, said he had been off drink for years but broke out that night on vodka. Ms Stewart said there had been no trouble between the defendant’s family and the other parties since this occurred and they had settled their differences.

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