'We’re sticking our heads in the sand if we think this wasn’t organised': Mass brawl in Cork city suburb

'We’re sticking our heads in the sand if we think this wasn’t organised': Mass brawl in Cork city suburb
Images of the reported brawl in Rochestown yesterday.

A LARGE brawl involving teenagers in Mount Oval in Rochestown has led to calls for a 'zero-tolerance' approach to tackle the problem.

Video footage has emerged of a large group of teens fighting in the city suburb in broad daylight on Saturday.

In an unrelated incident, Gardaí were also called out to incidents in the Ballynoe area of Cobh, following scuffles and anti-social behaviour among a large group of teens who had congregated in the area.

Gardaí received several reports from concerned members of the public about the Rochestown incident and mounted 'proactive patrols' in the Mount Oval area last night.

Several units of gardaí from Douglas and Togher arrived in the area following reports of anti-social activity, near Mount Oval Village.

There have been no reports of any injuries or arrests at this time.

In the video footage, young girls can be heard screaming for it to stop. 

Between 30 and 40 teens had gathered in the Granary Court area of the Mount Oval housing estate.

During the fighting, several small breakaway fights can be seen, away from the larger group. 

Some youths were kicked on the ground while others fell into shrubbery during the brawl.

It the second such incident in Cork in recent weeks, following a brawl between youths in Ballincollig recently.

Local Labour representative Peter Horgan said there should be a zero-tolerance approach to such fighting.

“We’re sticking our heads in the sand if we think this wasn’t organised,” said Mr Horgan.

“It needs to be addressed right now under whatever powers are available to Gardaí. Not only was this a public health breach, it was a dangerous event that could have easily seen someone seriously hurt. 

"Parental responsibility is crucial here. 

"Covid restrictions still apply. We are still meant to stay at home. These sort of organised fights make a mockery of the Covid fight.”

A garda spokesman appealed to anyone with information about the incident, or concerns about anti-social behaviour to contact their local garda station.

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