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Grandfather seriously injured by car speeding through Louth cemetery

An image of the scene in St Patrick's cemetery, Dowdallshill in Dundalk, where several people were injured, including one seriously, after reports a car collided with crowds. Picture from PA

A MAN was seriously injured yesterday after a being struck by a car in a Co Louth cemetery.

Gardaí appealed for information after a dark-coloured car drove at a crowd in St Patrick's Cemetery in Dundalk at about 3.40pm during the annual blessing of the graves.

One man was seriously injured and taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, while a small number of others sustained superficial injuries.

Following the incident the car then drove out of the cemetery and onto the public road, where it collided with a number of parked cars, before coming to a stop.

A man in his late twenties was arrested at the scene and last night remained in custody at Dundalk Garda Station.

Louth Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú, described the incident as "appalling and unjustifiable behaviour".

"Many more people could have been hurt by the despicable actions of this individual given the volume of people attending the graveyard," he said.

"This ceremony is attended by thousands of people every year, including many children and elderly people, who come to Dowdallshill to remember loved ones.

"People are very angry that anyone would show such disregard for people's safety."

An image of the scene in St Patrick's cemetery, Dowdallshill in Dundalk, where several people were injured, including one seriously, after reports a car collided with crowds. Picture from PA

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