Tipperary fireman injured in bonfire attack

A North Tipperray fire officer suffered injuries to his face after fire crew were attacked at a Halloween bonfire in Cloughjordan.

A North Tipperray fire officer suffered injuries to his face after fire crew were attacked at a Halloween bonfire in Cloughjordan.

While the injured crew man did not require hospitalisation, he suffered bruises when he was hit by a plank thrown at the officers as they dealt with the incident in the grounds of the eco-village.

“This was very disappointing. These crew are all volunteers and are members of the local community,” said a fire service spokesman.

Cloughjordan has what is known as a retained fire service that is operated on a voluntary basis under the auspices of North Tipperary Fire Services.

The attack was condemned at this Monday’s meeting of Nenagh Town Council.

“It is a terrible thing to attack a member of the emergency services. All these people are voluntary members of the fire service,” said Cllr Virginia O’Dowd.

Cllr Tommy Morgan, a retired firefighter, condemned the incident, saying: “it was disgraceful. How dare anybody hit a fireman.”

The Gardai were called to investigate the incident.

The service also dealt with fires in Thurles and Roscrea, but there was none in Nenagh or Templemore.