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Armed gardai Innocent people at risk from violent feud as Ennis house attack captured on video

"I don't think people have any idea what's going on in Ennis," a source told the Sunday World this week


People are being put at risk of serious injury after a series of attacks and threats by rival groups amid fears of even more violence in Co Clare.

Dozens of messages have been sent back and forth between different groups clashing with each other in separate rows over the past week.

The reckless behaviour is seen on videos of cars and houses being smashed up and a high-speed car chase with one vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

"I don't think people have any idea what's going on in Ennis," a source told the Sunday World this week.

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Footage of a group of men armed with slash hooks smashing up a car

Footage of a group of men armed with slash hooks smashing up a car

Footage of a group of men armed with slash hooks smashing up a car

He said innocent people connected to individuals in the various groups are living in fear they, too, could be targeted for attacks.

In one clip sent via a messaging service and later posted on social media, at least two men are heard shouting as they pursue another car in Ennis at night-time.

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Violent and dangerous behaviour has resulted in armed gardaí attending areas

Violent and dangerous behaviour has resulted in armed gardaí attending areas

Violent and dangerous behaviour has resulted in armed gardaí attending areas

The driver gets close to the car in front by driving the wrong way around a roundabout and begins dangerously tailgating the other vehicle at high speed before breaking off the pursuit.

Two other separate clips also show a car window being smashed and windows broken as women scream in the background.

Another one shows men wielding long-handled slash hooks and baseball bat smashing another car and party also in Ennis earlier last weekend.

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Violent and dangerous behaviour has resulted in armed gardaí attending areas

Violent and dangerous behaviour has resulted in armed gardaí attending areas

Violent and dangerous behaviour has resulted in armed gardaí attending areas

One man accuses another of cowardice, claiming he is making excuses and calling people names to avoid a fair fight and "going around in circles" over claims and counter claims.

He offers to sort out their differences with a "dirty fight" and to bring "slashers" if that's what he wants.

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There was a Garda presence at various locations in the town this week following the various threats and incidents. In further clips armed response officers in full tactical gear are seen at a property with uniformed colleagues.

This time last year, in yet another separate row in the town a clip of petrol bombs being thrown at a residential area was posted on social media.

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