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hat's ridiculous TikTok clip shows man snatching Garda’s hat during wild weekend in Killarney

We see a man 'rugby tackled' to the ground, according to one onlooker, who then adds, “it only took 22 of them”, referring to the gardai who have gathered at the scene

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The TikTok clips shows mayhem on the streets of Killarney

The TikTok clips shows mayhem on the streets of Killarney

The TikTok clips shows mayhem on the streets of Killarney

This is the moment a young man, egged on by his friends, snatches a Garda’s hat and makes off down the street during a wild weekend in Killarney. 

The clip is just one shared on social media showing scenes of mayhem that descended on the tourist town as hundreds of young people gathered on the streets.

As the man who is wearing a black hoodie, grabs the officer’s hat and makes his escape, the Garda gives chase.

The crowd laughs and jeers and one person can be heard shouting, “go on ya boya”.

A caption on the clips says: “Our friend Dylan got arrested because I said I’d make him TikTok famous for taking a Garda hat and he actually did it and now he’s in the cells for the night..Ooops.”

We see a man, similarly dressed, "rugby tackled” to the ground, according to one onlooker, who then adds, “it only took 22 of them”, referring to the gardai who have gathered at the scene.

The mood turns ugly as there are more shouts of “assault” and booing as gardai try to restore order.

Several other videos have emerged of the raucous scenes on the tourism capital’s streets, including one of a car containing two young women surrounded by a large crowd who shout and shake the vehicle.

At least one Garda was assaulted in the course of the night, The Kerryman claimed.

The paper added that the Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Marie Moloney, had said the drunken antics were not welcome in Kerry’s tourist town.

"It is very disappointing that such behaviour is taking place on the streets,” she is quoted as saying

“It is disgusting...It shows a lack of respect for everyone. This is understood to be Saturday night following a fantastic Christmas parade which got tremendous feedback and then later in the night we have this type of behaviour. This is a bad image for our town.”

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In other videos bollards used to close the street are moved and there are several scenes of cars being surrounded by large groups of revellers who won’t let the traffic through.

Kerry GRA chairperson, Eddie Walsh, has called for more Garda resources for towns like Killarney.

“The Government must look at extra funding for Garda over-time in busy towns to ensure there are more gardaí on the street,” he told the Kerryman.

The Killarney Advertiser said four arrests were made late on Saturday night and early on Sunday morning after large crowds spilled out onto the streets.

Sergeant Dermot O’Connell, who was on duty in the College St and the Glebe car park area, described it as “unruly behaviour” and confirmed there were four arrests made.

“The important thing is there were no serious assaults,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “We had extra resources deployed in the town centre. The whole thing lasted no more than an hour – huge crowds exited [bars and clubs] at the same time.”

The most serious incident under investigation by local gardai is the criminal damage to a Lexus car as it exited the Glebe car park.

Video footage, shared on social media channels this week, shows a large crowd rocking and shaking the car.

A rear window was smashed in the car and its rear boot door spoiler was ripped off in the incident.

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