8 men charged after west Donegal gardai were surrounded by clubbers

A special sitting of Dungloe District Court has been fixed to hear charges against number of people following a melee in which four gardai in Co. Donegal were surrounded by more than 100 clubbers outside a chip shop.

Eight men have been accused of 21 offences which included public disorder, obstructing gardai and assault on three of the gardai.

A charge against a ninth man was withdrawn at Dungloe District Court yesterday.

Two of the other eight, a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old are accused of assaults of three gardai, all over 6 ft 4 ins tall, at Ardnagappary, Derrybeg, last March 6.

The prosecution claims there was a melee when gardai were surrounded by more than 100 clubbers and threatened, abused and assaulted as they tried to break up a row between two men outside a chip-shop opposite the Dodge nightclub in Gweedore.

There were a number of guilty and not guilty pleas entered by solicitors at the court today.

Judge Paul Kelly fixed a day-long special sitting of the court on May 29 to deal with all the guilty and not guilty pleas.

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