Garda checkpoints were placed on all roads in and out of Drumshanbo, vehicle searches were carried out and a large number of uniformed and plain clothes officers were stationed in the town last Saturday after concerns were raised that an ongoing traveller feud could escalate at a horse fair.
Superintendent John Furlong said gardai had received information that there may be a confrontation in the town and the garda numbers had been increased as a “precautionary measure”.
There was no trouble, no arrests were made and nothing was seized although a number of vehicles were stopped and searched entering Drumshanbo.
The alert comes after two incidents over the last two weeks. On April 21, gardai were called to the Rosebank halting site in Carrick-on-Shannon after a dispute arose between two groups of youths. Just over 24 hours later local gardai were called in to investigate a ramming incident between a car and van in the centre of Carrick-on-Shannon.
Superintendent Furlong said that gardai would continue to monitor the situation but stressed there was no indication at present of any further escalation of violence between the feuding parties.
Drumshanbo based county councillor, Enda McGloin acknowledged it “was a bit disconcerting to see the increase in gardai in the town but I believe that the gardai took appropriate action and I think people are glad they did.”