Dublin pub praises ‘integrity’ of St Patrick’s Athletic fans following violent incident

Video circulated on social media following the violence ahead of the FAI Cup final

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Irishtown House management have praised St Patrick's Athletic fans for their behaviour following the ugly scenes at the pub on Sunday afternoon.

Violence broke out at the Dublin 4 venue as Saints fans were socialising ahead of the FAI Cup final at the nearby Aviva Stadium and came under what a staff member told Dublin Live was an 'orchestrated attack.'

A source told Dublin Live that 'children as young as 11 were struck with bottles' during the incident, while fireworks were also lit.

Several videos have circulated on social media of the incident, while local TD Chris Andrews said the violence was 'not acceptable.'

Andrews called on 'both clubs' to work with their Gardaí to 'identify and sanction their "supporters".' More than 37,000 attended the game at Lansdowne Road, which the Athletic won on penalties .

A statement from Irishtown House management specifically praised St Patrick's Athletic supporters for their 'integrity' as they refrained from retaliating to the attack.

"We would like to congratulate St Patrick's Athletic on their FAI Cup final win today. As everyone is aware of the videos circulating on social media.

"Our prematch family fanzone was disturbed by a bunch of thugs," read the statement the pub's official twitter account.

"We would like to thank the St Patrick's Supporters for keeping their integrity and not retaliating as requested by Management and Staff.

"It's unfortunate that a small number of people want to ruin it for everyone else."

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