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Man drives into crowd at Dundalk cemetery grave blessing ceremony - several injured

By Conor Feehan

A man drove into a crowd at a grave blessing ceremony in Dundalk, seriously injuring one person and leaving others with minor injuries.

The incident happened at around 4pm at Dowdallshill in the Co Louth town.

It is believed a large crowd had gathered at the ceremony when a man drove directly into the crowd.

One man was seriously injured and taken to hospital. His details are not known.

Others received minor injuries in what gardai are investigating as a road traffic collision.

One man has been arrested at the scene and is being questioned by gardai.

In a statement gardai said: "It is understood from initial investigations that a dark-coloured car drove at a number of persons in the cemetery who were attending the annual blessing of the graves event.

"One man was seriously injured and take to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, a small number of people received superficial injuries.

"The offending car then drove out of the cemetery onto the public road and collided with a number of parked cars before coming to a stop.

"A man in his late 20s, believed to the driver was arrested at the scene. He is currently detained at Dundalk Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Scene in St Patrick's cemetery, Dowdallshill in Dundalk. Pic: @Simonc46176551/PA Wire
Scene in St Patrick's cemetery, Dowdallshill in Dundalk. Pic: @Simonc46176551/PA Wire
Scene in St Patrick's cemetery, Dowdallshill in Dundalk. Pic: @Simonc46176551/PA Wire

"Investigating gardai at Dundalk are appealing for witnesses to contact then at Dundalk Garda Station, we are particularly appealing for any person with video footage to contact the incident room.

"Dundalk Garda Station can be contacted on 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station."

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