This weekend’s Cemetery Sunday at Ballymacormack is expected to pass off peacefully, according to the local Garda Superintendent.
Fears had been raised locally after a recent Cemetery Sunday mass at Ballyglass in Mullingar was disrupted after fighting broke out between up to 100 members of two fueding Traveller families.
Several people sustained minor injuries during the melee and one person was arrested, although further arrests are expected. A Garda helicopter and an Armed Response Unit were called to the scene and a quantity of knives, golf clubs and hammers were recovered during searches.
However, Gardaí in Longford are not expecting these scenes to be repeated at Ballymacormack this weekend.
“We have no information to suggest there will be any trouble at Cemetery Sunday in Longford,” Superintendent Denis Shields told the Longford Leader.
“It has traditionally been a peaceful event and we don’t expect this year to be any different.”
Bishop Colm O’Reilly will celebrate Mass at Ballymacormack this Sunday at 1pm. It will be the last Cemetery Sunday he presides over before his retirement later this year.