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Emergency Response Unit called out to clay-pigeon shoot

Emergency Response Unit called out to island clay-pigeon shoot

Anton McNulty


THE Garda Emergency Response Unit was sent to a tidal island on Clew Bay on Saturday evening after reports of gun fire were confirmed by Westport gardaí. However, it turned out to be nothing more than clay-pigeon shooting.
The incident occurred on Saturday evening when people on holiday in Rosmoney near Westport heard a number of gun shots coming from an island. They alerted gardaí in Westport, who sent officers to investigate. When they also heard shots coming from the island, it was decided to call in the Emergency Response Unit (ERU).
The island, which can be driven to on low tide, is privately owned. Four members of the ERU drove onto the island to investigate.
While on the island they met with two couples who were holidaying on the island and were partaking in clay pigeon shooting and target practice. Four fully licenced and legally-held guns were found on the island, after which the ERU was withdrawn.
A garda spokesperson told The Mayo News said the firing of the guns was ‘purely innocent’ but they had to call in the ERU to investigate because of the number of shots fired.
“There was nothing wrong with what they were doing and they were not committing any offence. It was just the case that a number of shots were heard and we had to investigate. We had to contact the Emergency Response Unit because if firearms are involved we are not allowed to go in,” the spokesperson said.

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