25 young people involved in brawl in Midlands town
Gardaí were called on Saturday night after a huge brawl broke out on the main street in Portlaoise.
Gardai in Portlaoise confirmed that they received a call of an incident on Main Street in the town just after midnight on Saturday night.
It's understood that up to 25 people were involved in the altercation and gardaí have said that "one youth was arrested for public order offences and brought to Portlaoise Garda Station."
The mass brawl was said to have left elderly people, passersby and tourists in fear for their safety with one witness saying, “they were kicking the daylights out of each other."
“It was disgraceful. If left many people, including elderly people effectively locked into pubs, they were afraid to come out.”
The fight is understood to have taken place from the courthouse to the Bank of Ireland in the town.