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Truce talks Parish priest delighted warring families have found peace following violence in Limerick village

We weren’t involved but (I understand) that they worked it out between themselves and they chose the venue themselves,” Fr Chris O'Donnell said.

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Peace talks took place at the local SS Peter & Paul Church. (Pic from church Facebook)

Peace talks took place at the local SS Peter & Paul Church. (Pic from church Facebook)

Peace talks took place at the local SS Peter & Paul Church. (Pic from church Facebook)

A parish priest in Kilmallock has said he welcomed claims that two families that had fallen out had engaged in peace talks at his local SS Peter & Paul Church.

Members of both families engaged in truce talks following a night of violence in Kilmallock on Sunday evening after a row between two well-known families in the locality.

Videos widely shared on social media showed a number of violent incidents on the town's main street and in residential areas on Sunday night.

However, truce talks have now taken place between the two families in a location next to SS Peter & Paul Church which was chosen due to the importance of the Catholic faith to the families involved.

One parish priest said that while they were not directly involved in meditating the talks and had not been approached to do so, he was happy to hear that they had taken place.

“We weren’t involved but (I understand) that they worked it out between themselves and they chose the venue themselves,” Fr Chris O'Donnell said.

“It happened really without us knowing about it, but fair dues to them, that they worked it out.

“We're always delighted that people can find common ground and work things out together.

"That's always great and we would be only glad for both families if that was the case.”

Meanwhile, it has been reported that there has been a notable garda presence in and around Kilmallock since Sunday night with members of the Armed Support Unit and local gardai on mobile patrol although there have been “no incidents of note since Monday”.

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Gardai have been “actively patrolling” the town since in a bid to keep a lid on tensions between the rival families “and try to curb these activities”.

The violence began around 8pm Sunday night and continued for a number of hours.

A Garda spokesman said: “A number of Garda units, including the regional Armed Support Unit, responded to public order incidents at approximately 8pm on Sunday 12th September 2021 in the Kilmallock area of Co. Limerick.”

“No reports of injuries have been made at this stage and a number of incidents are being actively investigated.”

Another video, which gardai have seen and are examining, shows a number of people armed with sticks, shovels and hurleys involved in clashes in different parts of the town.

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