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  • 28 Feb 2012

    My hometown is in the news again

    The last time my hometown of Ballinrobe Co Mayo was in the news was when a bull ran amok in a local supermarket and the video went viral around the world. But this time Ballinrobe is in the news because a dozen men armed with "slash hooks" ran amok in the local church this afternoon during a Confirmation mass for 90 school kids, chasing and attacking a man in who was attending the Confirmation.

    The report in the Mayo News says the incident is "believed to be the result of an ongoing feud between two families in the area" and though it doesn't say so, I assume it's a feud between two Traveller families. Ballinrobe has a large Traveller population, but I assume it's a Traveller feud simply because of the reference to "slash hooks". I have never ever heard the term "slash hook" in my life except in reports of Traveller feuds. What exactly is a slash hook anyway, and why would someone have one? I think settled families would be more likely to use baseball bats or a shotgun or something. I know a few queens who could do you some serious damage at a Confirmation with a stiletto, but I don't think most queens would know a slash hook if they sat on one.

    The other thing in the report that jumps out at me is the fact that "armed Gardaí were on the scene within minutes". What were armed Gardaí doing hanging around near a Confirmation mass? Unless they suspected there might be trouble maybe.

    Jaysus. Ballinrobe has gotten fierce wild altogether so it has.

    Slash-hook attack causes chaos at Ballinrobe Confirmation

     

    (thanks Donal)

     

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    • Posted By Adam 28 Feb 2012 19:43

      Ah no! Sure most travelers are good honest law abiding citezens! How could you jump to that conclusion!

    • Posted By Tim F 28 Feb 2012 18:53

      Come on Panti. Call yourself a small-town country girl? Slash hooks are for cutting through thick briars and furze and the like. You'd use them in tandem with a scythe for cutting grass in a meadow. That's if you hadn't come across the industrial revolution of course and mechanised your yourself. P.S. I somehow doubt these guys acquired them for those purposes.

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