Man charged in connection with Smithfield Horse Fair assault

A father-of-nine has appeared in court in Dublin charged in connection with a shooting at the Smithfield Horse Fair last week.

A father-of-nine has appeared in court in Dublin charged in connection with a shooting at the Smithfield Horse Fair last week.

Two men were shot in the hip and leg during the disturbances at the monthly market, while a third man was attacked with a slash hook.

Patrick O'Reilly (aged 42), with addresses at Ballyarnett Halting site in Derry and Cloonmore Park in Tallaght, has been charged with assault and violent disorder.

Dublin District Court was told one of the victims may lose his lower left arm as a result of the disturbances.

Today, Mr O’Reilly appeared in court which heard he made no reply to a charge of violent disorder but said: "I never caused anyone any harm" in reply to a charge of assault causing harm.

Bail was refused when gardaí objected to his release citing the seriousness of the charges, the fact more serious charges may follow and fears as to whether the father-of-nine would turn up to court.

Sergeant John Kelly said Sunday’s incident arose from a Travellers' feud.

The 42-year-old has been remanded to appear at Cloverhill District Court on this day week.

A second man appeared in court earlier in the week charged with possessing a revolver at the Horse Fair.

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