Around 50 to 60 people were found to be attending Mass in the Corpus Christi church in Athlone, County Westmeath, according to local reports last weekend.
Video footage of the moment police told the priest and attendees to leave has been widely circulated on social media, and while one clip shows a man arguing briefly with an officer, a Garda statement says all those in attendance were ‘hugely compliant’ and left when ordered.
What looks like a Garda Superintendent says “We have dealt with you with the utmost dignity here tonight”. pic.twitter.com/GBu0VIh0C0
— Philip Dwyer (@PhilipDwyerNP) May 2, 2021
The local Garda/Police officers entered into a Catholic Mass in Athlone, Ireland and shut down the service. As you can see from the video, the congregation was sitting rows apart, and even by crazy Dr. Fauci’s standards were likely not in danger of infecting others in the church.
One man in the congregation, later identified as Pat Sweeney, decided to film the assault on this Catholic service by the state.
A couple of nights later local Garda stormed the man’s home at 3 in the morning and took his children away.
Then the garda took the man to the police station. They told him they were worried about “his” mental condition.
This is the tyranny sweeping the West today.
The detailed report from The Irish Post below:
A statement from An Garda Síochána, seen by local radio outlet Midlands103, confirmed that a gathering took place and was stopped, but that as a rule they do not comment on material, including video footage, published online by third parties.
“We can confirm that Gardaí attended the scene of an event that took place on Sunday 18th April, 2021 at Athlone, Co. Westmeath at 10.15am,” the Garda statement reads.
“Gardaí engaged with those present and all persons complied with direction from Gardaí.”
They added: “Where Gardaí identify potential breaches of the public health regulations a file is prepared for the DPP in each case or a Fixed Payment Notice is issued where appropriate.”
While Gardaí attended the scene, they did not issue any fines to those present.
One man, Pat, who has attended mass in the church for three weeks in a row, told the radio station he was “outraged” that the Gardaí entered the church but that he followed directions and left the scene out of respect for the priest.
Despite recent loosening of some restrictions, such as children returning to school and people allowed to travel within their counties, Ireland remains in Level 5 lockdown and all church services should be streamed online with no in-person gatherings allowed.
Watch it here (Additional Footage): Youtube/Life of Irish Brian