Three Longford Men have been hit with cash fines and suspended sentences for their role in a feud related incident in Longford town two years ago.
31 year old Jason Farrell, 31 year old Michael Mears and 21 year old Richie Doyle appeared before Judge Keenan Johnson recently over a fraca on main street that brought traffic to a stop.
On the 12th of July 2020, a dispute at nearby house in Garvey's Close resulted in violent scenes involving 12 people spreading to Main Street in Longford.
Extensive CCTV footage from Garda cameras, surrounding businesses and home CCTV caught the incident in full and allowed investigating Gardaí to identify those involved.
The three men pleaded guilty to charges of violent disorder and possession of implements including a bats and a wooden stick.
Richie Doyle of 84 Gleann Riada, had been on bail for a different charge at the time, leading Judge Johnson to impose a stiffer fine on him than the others.
He was subject to a €2,000 fine, a €500 bond to keep the peace and an 18 month suspended sentence in place for 5 years.
Meanwhile Jason Farrell of 8 Garvey's Close and Michael Mears from 76 St Michael's road were each sentenced to 18 months suspended sentences and fines of €1,000.
Judge Johnson directed the fines to be paid towards St. Christopher's Services in the town and letters of apology be prepared from all three.
Addressing the court, the Judge described the accused of acting like idiots and fools, and commented that Longford has the 'worst record in the country by a mile for public feud violence'