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Tracey and Noelle Larkin smashed up the Xi’an Street Food restaurant

Tracey and Noelle Larkin smashed up the Xi’an Street Food restaurant

Tracey and Noelle Larkin smashed up the Xi’an Street Food restaurant

These are the two sisters who have pleaded guilty to smashing up a Chinese restaurant last year while shouting that "Chinese b*****ds" brought Covid-19 to Ireland.

Tracey Larkin (41) and her sister Noelle (30) caused thousands of euro worth of damage during the shocking attack on the Xi'an Street Food restaurant on Quay Street in Galway on April 16 last year, around three weeks after Ireland went into full lockdown.

The incident was recorded by multiple onlookers as the sisters smashed windows at the restaurant while shouting abuse about coronavirus.

Tracey, with an address at O'Donoghue Terrace, Galway, was filmed kicking the door of the restaurant and shouting: "You're the Chinese b*****ds who brought disease into town. It's all because of you that the virus is around."

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Xian Street Food restaurant on Quay Street

Xian Street Food restaurant on Quay Street

Xian Street Food restaurant on Quay Street

Her sister Noelle also kicked the door multiple times during the incident and the pair went inside the premises. Loud noises could be heard from inside the restaurant before the pair were filmed coming back out and shouting more abuse.

After that, Tracey turned around and noticed a man recording the incident on his phone and said: "I don't give a b*****."

She then moved towards the man shouting: "Did you have a good look, did you?"

She subsequently started chasing after the man and shouted at him while her sister was still outside the restaurant screaming at the workers inside.

The two then armed themselves with implements they picked up off the street and started smashing the windows and doors.

The sisters both pleaded guilty to violent disorder and criminal damage committed at Xi'an Street Food, Quay Street on April 16, 2020.

Galway Circuit Court heard around €5,500 worth of damage was caused to the restaurant with damage to windows and doors, display glass, stools and a till printer.

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There was an outpouring of support for the restaurant after the incident and the owners posted pictures of repairs being carried out on their windows. "Resilience" they wrote.

"Windows can be fixed. Our spirits are lifted by the support of the people of Galway and across Ireland who have contacted us and shared their support.

"Thank you again. We love our little home on Quay Street and will be here for as long as people are enjoying our food."

Staff at the restaurant told the Sunday World this week that the people of Galway were great to them after the attack.

"We received sweets and letters and people were asking if we were OK," the staff member said.

The case has been adjourned while probation reports and other expert reports are prepared.

The Larkin sisters are due to be sentenced on July 23.

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