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Chaos Woman hospitalised after 'mass brawl' at Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester

An eyewitness said he saw “chairs and bottles being thrown” after a parade was held at the centre on Sunday

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The scene at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester

The scene at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester

The scene at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester

A woman was taken to hospital after an incident at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester which was described as a mass brawl. 

However, the manager of the centre later said there was just a fight between two men and that she was injured when she tried to intervene.

The fight broke out at around 11pm on Sunday after a full day of St Patrick's Day celebrations at the venue in Cheetham Hill.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police was quoted as saying a “large fight” had broken out but no arrests were made.

However, a woman was taken to hospital from the scene.

A video taken at the time showed multiple police cars and ambulance vehicles stationed in the car park.

The Manchester Evening News reported how an eyewitness said he saw “chairs and bottles being thrown” after a parade was held at the centre on Sunday to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

Pictures taken at the scene showed smashed glass and bottles on the ground outside the venue.

In a statement, a GMP spokesperson said: "Police were called just before 11pm yesterday (13 March 2022) to a report of a large fight at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester.

"Officers attended and the group was subsequently dispersed.

"Extensive damage was caused to the building.

"A woman was taken to hospital where she remains. Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made."

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However, the club's general manager later claimed that the fight only involved two men while others were trying to separate the pair.

One of those - a woman who had volunteered as a steward at the parade – was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

"It was just two people fighting," the manager said

"It happened as we were closing and trying to get everyone out of the door.

"One threw a punch at another, he got up and they carried on fighting.

"There were a lot of people trying to stop them fighting, but it wasn't a mass brawl."

No arrests have been made, a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said.

The manager claimed it was "the typical aftermath of a St Patrick's Day parade".

"There were balloons, wrappers and a fair bit of broken glass," she said.

"You expect rubbish all over the place. I'm used to it because I see it every year. When you've got one to two thousand people coming through the door, what would you expect it to look like?

"When the police arrived, they thought the place had been trashed.

"It was a really good day and everybody enjoyed the celebrations. The atmosphere was fantastic."

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said the force was "focusing on the investigation" into the incident.

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