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'Instagram star' among members of same family charged following Moate incident

Sep 15, 2020 16:09 By Shannonside News
'Instagram star' among members of same family charged following Moate incident 'Instagram star' among members of same family charged following Moate incident
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Four members of the same family have been granted bail after gardaí were called five separate times to disturbances in Moate in Westmeath on Monday.

Four members of the same family have been granted bail after gardaí were called five separate times to disturbances in Moate in Westmeath on Monday.

Longford District Court heard that the Armed Support Unit were on standby in the town as a result of issues at Farragh yesterday.

Twenty-year-old John Joe Joyce, twenty-year-old Brian Joyce, eighteen-year-old Joe Joyce and 67-year-old Joe Joyce, all with addresses in Farragh, Moate, were charged with affray following the incidents on Monday afternoon.

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Joe Joyce Senior told Judge Seamus Hughes that he was trying to keep the peace and that the incidents arose from 'women fighting' with the judge remarking that he knew Mr Joyce as an "Instagram star" and from Facebook videos.

A Garda gave evidence that the incidents were connected to a feud among the Joyces and that they had received reports of a slash hook on one occasion and 10 Gardai were also required at the scene.

All four men were granted bail with conditions - including curfews, with Judge Hughes warning the men that they got bail today but would not get again if they committed any other offences.

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