Seven people were hospitalised after armed Gardai were called to violent scenes in a cemetery in Tuam yesterday.

About 30 Gardai - including local uniform and plainsclothes officers supported by the Regional Armed Support Unit responded to the incident in Tuam at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

Gardai physically intervened in the brawl which broke out when two separate funeral parties crossed paths in the cemetery on the Athenry Road.

It is understood the row related to an ongoing feud between families in the local area that has escalated in recent months.

A teenage boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released, with a file being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Five men and two women were brought to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries. It's understood some of the injured sustained stab wounds.

It's believed one man was airlifted to hospital while the others were taken by road ambulances.

Tuam Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to contact them at 093 - 70840.

Local councillor Joe Sheridan says it was an unsavoury element to what was a sad day for two families....


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