Saturday 19 January 2019

'Public order' arrest after Gonzaga game

The Gonzaga v Blackrock match at Donnybrook
The Gonzaga v Blackrock match at Donnybrook

Gardai were called to Donnybrook Stadium and one man was arrested after Gonzaga College's recent Leinster Senior Cup victory over Roscrea.

The Past Pupils' Union at the private school lashed out at some former students for drunken and offensive behaviour at the match just over a fortnight ago.

It has since emerged that a teenager was arrested by gardai following the match - after they were called over a public order incident.

A garda spokesman confirmed that officers arrested one man after they were called to public order disturbances in Donnybrook on February 15.

"Gardai in Donnybrook attended a sports stadium shortly after 4pm on February 15 regarding a public order incident," the spokesman said.


The 19-year-old, who has an address in Dublin, was later released without charge.

Photographs seen by the Herald also revealed inappropriate banners displayed during the match.

One such banner claimed that an individual - who was named on the banner - used a gay dating app.

The behaviour by a faction of supporters at the match led the union to distribute an email to all of its signed-up members condemning the behaviour.

The email laid the blame on a younger group of men, who had recently graduated from the Jesuit school.

It even requested for some of its older members to stand close to the hooligan-like faction at next week's much-anticipated semi-final with Blackrock, which will take place at the same venue on Tuesday.

"At the quarter-final match against Roscrea, there was some totally unacceptable behaviour from a small number of more recent past pupils," the email said.

"This includes extreme drunkenness, offensive banners, disrespect towards the opposition kickers, and some trouble on the streets after the game that resulted in the gardai getting involved and some arrests being made," it added.

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