A day of jubilation in Dundalk was marred by a
vicious attack by Shamrock Rovers supporters on a man attending a wake at a house at Pearse Park on Saturday evening.
Thirty-seven-year-old Paul McGee was left with six stitches across his face, and damage to his eye after he was set upon by a gang on their way to the EA Sports Cup final at Oriel Park.
“It was a disgrace,” Mr McGee told the Democrat on Monday morning as people gathered for the funeral of Maura Coleman at Pearse Park.
Mr McGee was attacked with a beer can by a gang of soccer thugs when he was attending the wake on Saturday evening of his wife’s grandmother Maura who died peacefully on Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital after being lovingly cared for by the staff of St Oliver Plunkett Hospital.
“They were throwing cans into the garden,” Mr McGee said, “and I asked them to show some respect and then one of them assaulted me with a beer can. It was just dreadful. The children were here and it was really terrible.
“They had no respect. I don’t know why they were allowed to come through a residential area.
“There was about a hundred of them. They shouldn’t have been let come through the town like that.”
Gardai are investigating the incident.
Right: Paul McGee who suffered a serious facial injury in a
vicious attack at the weekend.