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'Deeply sorry' Sisters guilty of attack on Chinese restaurant say ‘we’re not racists’

The sisters both pleaded guilty to violent disorder and criminal damage committed at Xi’an Street Food, Quay Street on April 16 of last year.

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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

TWO sisters who have pleaded guilty to smashing up a Chinese restaurant in Galway last year while shouting that “Chinese b******s” brought Covid-19 to Ireland have said they are not racists and are deeply sorry for the attack.

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

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

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

The sisters were due to be sentenced at Galway Circuit Court on Friday last in relation to the incident but the case was adjourned until later in the year.

Tracey told the Sunday World that they are very sorry for what happened that day.

“Me and Noelle are deeply sorry for everything that happened that day, wrong place with wrong people. Nothing like this ever happened before. We're Travellers, we are not racists one bit. If we could turn back time, that would never have happened.”

The sisters were heavily intoxicated on the day of the incident.

Noelle, with an address at Sheridan Place, Dublin 1, kicked the door of the restaurant multiple times during the incident and the pair went inside the premises during the attack. Loud noises could be heard from inside the restaurant before they sisters were filmed coming back out and shouting more abuse.

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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

After that Tracey turned around and noticed a man recording the incident on his phone and said: “I don’t give a bollox.”

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

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

The two sisters 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 of last year.

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.

There was an outpouring of support for the restaurant after the incident and they 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.”

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