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Eight Men Appear In Thurles District Court Accused Of Serious Assault.

Eight men, including two brothers, have appeared in Thurles District Court today, with each of the accused men charged with violent disorder, while one of the eight is further charged with assault causing serious harm.

The assault followed an incident in Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on the night of June 27th, 2021, which led to a 19-year-old man, named as Mr Ross Whelan, receiving serious injuries, which resulted in the victim being rushed to Cork University Hospital.

The accused youths, several of whom were accompanied to court, by family members, were all remanded on bail after being charged.

The accused are named as apprentice Mr Aaron Breen, aged 20, of Freaghduff, Cashel; student Mr Brian O’Dwyer, aged 19, of Price’s-Lot, Cashel; apprentice carpenter Mr Sean Ryan, aged 19, of Beech View in the Commons; Mr Joseph Burke, aged 18 and his brother Mr Patrick Burke, aged 19, of Roskeen, Drombane; apprentice electrician Mr Joseph O’Donoghue, aged 20, of Drombane Cross, Mr Aidan Slattery, aged 20 of Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and Mr AJ Shanahan, aged 20, latter with an address in Seskin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Above named Mr Patrick Burke also stands accused of the additional offence of assault causing serious harm to a named individual at the same location and on the same date.

Additional bail conditions were added for each of the accused including that those with addresses in Cashel will have no contact directly with their co-accused living outside the Cashel area, as well as remaining away from the Upperchurch area.

Judge Ms Elizabeth McGrath, informed each of the men of their bail conditions, before they entered their own bond of €500.

Each of the defendants have been ordered to appear before Thurles District Court again on September 17th next, for service of the books of evidence, which Gardaí confirm contains some five volumes of material in the case.

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