Roaming Candle


This afternoon.

Further to Saturday’s shenanigans

Via Irish Times:

Gardaí have identified a group who launched fireworks at officers during violent scenes on Dublin’s Grafton Street on Saturday and expect to make arrests shortly.

The group comprises males from the Monkstown/Dún Laoghaire area who have a history of engaging in anti-social behaviour.

They are a bunch of thugs who have terrorised Monkstown Farm for years. They are organised in a sense that they all work together and are into all sorts of stuff. But mainly just thugs,” a source said.

Gardaí have clear footage and images of the group, including of them preparing the firework to be fired during a mid-afternoon stand-off between gardaí and anti-lockdown protesters.

Gardaí identify men behind fireworks attack, further arrests expected (irish Times)

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69 thoughts on “Roaming Candle

  1. goldenbrown

    told yez it was a roman candle

    you could tell by the way it was smoking up from the top/front end in the footage

    a nice big one there, usually they’d have a good few rounds in them firing off every couple of seconds

    (coupled with the way it was handled by the scoby) it was 100% an improvised firearm and had he scored his direct hit would’ve likely destroyed the Guard’s face, eyes

    spare me the stupid kid comments, lol

    1. Brother Barnabas

      a 30 year old father with a criminal record and association with irish freedom party

      1. benblack

        Read Bertie’s recommendation and started watching ‘Informer’ on Netflix.

        Interesting, but, not that great, TBH.

          1. benblack

            Your recommendation, Bertie.

            Nothing else implied.

            This is a thread about Netflix shows, isn’t it?

          2. bertie blenkinsop

            Now I get ya.
            Sorry, you should have explained you were trying to be funny.

          3. benblack

            That’s it, yeah, Bertie – the humourous dollar is what I was going for.

            Paddy Considine’s, Charlie, never.

            Please, no coke jokes, Bertie.

            Stranger than fiction.

  2. Rob_G

    Rookie mistake, should have shouted ‘peaceful protest!!’ when he was doing it; Paul Murphy would have started a crowdfunding campaign for him by now.

    1. goldenbrown

      lol, you at it too Rob?

      jesus but you’re rabid FG, aren’t ya?

      not cool (even if you’re just trollin)

      1. Rob_G

        I’m not rabid anything; if you think that shooting a firework into a Garda’s face is wrong, presumably you
        think it’s wrong to (for example) throw eggs, stones and bottles at a Garda who is carrying out some other duties?

        1. millie bobby brownie

          It’s a cheap dig, Rob. Maybe have a quick read of the (many) comments condemning the actions of these tw#ts over the weekend.

          1. Rob_G

            A cheap dig – against whom? People who attack Gardaí? I have cheap digs for them all the live long day.

          2. bisted

            …oh Bog_R…for someone used to taking the moral high ground that’s a pretty cheap shot…and at an elected TD…I’d say your hotline to the moderators isn’t going to help you this time…

        2. goldenbrown

          you clearly haven’t read of my comments on this subject so back in your box Rob

          I’m referring to your really ridiculous and quite sinister attempt there to link a person of Left leaning politics to this incident in any way shape or form

          but you knew that already, didn’t ya


          1. Rob_G

            Paul Murphy started a grassroots campaign to try and get another group of tracksuited yobs off the hook for attacking Gardaí; why not these particular scummers?

          2. GiggidyGoo

            Sure it’s Rob_G you’re dealing with. What do you expect? Gaelers do what gaelers do.

          3. bisted

            …who briefed about antifa acting as agents provocateurs with the fun-loving pro-sickness brigade on their family day out?

          4. Rob_G

            I didn’t think that the question of whether or not it is ok to shoot at Gardaí is a party political issue.

            – though of course you spend your whole day defending SF online, so perhaps for you, the ‘shooting Gardaí’ question is a bit more nuanced.

          5. bisted

            …you are fairly lashing out today Bog_R…using up your whole arsenal…you’ve just slandered a whole load of elected TDs…yet you go whingeing to Bodger when someone says something you don’t like…back to YFG school for you…

        3. V aka Frilly Keane

          You know what’s also wrong

          It’s not just about the Gardai

          AGS are trained for this carry-on, and were work suited and booted for the environment this shower turned the protest into. They were organised, facilitated and prepared.

          however, Flawless gave himself a dose of ire there over the weekend telling us that 99% of protesters were there to support the cause. All walks of life coming together to show solidarity and listen to speeches. Everyday people marching together to demonstrate their objection to the current Government
          The very promise of Democracy

          Fireworks were deliberately and wilfully discharged amongst these unknowing people
          Fireworks were deliberately and wilfully discharged on a packed public street
          On a f’ing Saturday FFS

          Worry less about the Guards
          And think more about future demonstrations and whether they attract the support they deserve
          Because I worry that the Everyday citizen will be put off from walking in solidarity with any cause again

          They’ll stay at home the next time the people need to speak together
          To be heard
          That’s what I’d be worried about
          That to me anyway, is a far bigger casualty

          And btw
          Anything the National Party are involved in
          Or even infiltrate
          Or are seen speaking or flying a flag at
          Ends up like this

          1. benblack

            The ‘internet chatter’ excuse is lame and so MI5/MI6.

            The police force controls the narrative. The police force planned for and executed their orders.

            They decide which demonstrations are deemed to be violent or not – premeditation.
            They are definetly following somebody’s plan.

          2. V aka Frilly Keane


            But I reckon it’s more than just a “somebody’s plan’

            I reckon there’s a coalition of different somebody’s tbh

            Also reckon a few key people prominent in these gatherings are Garda Informers
            In fact I’d put money on one particular lad

  3. Daisy Chainsaw

    One Garda being treated for a burst eardrum, possibly as a result of the rocket going off at his head. Absolute gowls in a crowd of scabs. Watch the ratlickers fall over themselves to deny these men had anything to do with them.

    1. benblack

      I believe the garda who broke his ankle fell over himself while he was trying to hit someone with his baton.

      Personal clumsiness is not a violent act by others.

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            Mine is –
            “I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.”

          2. millie bobby brownie

            I won’t lie, I got a bit emotional reading that.

            It’s been that kind of week, in fairness.

          3. benblack

            I just hope it isn’t a phantom pregnancy on top of it all you have to deal with, Millie.

          4. benblack

            How do you get your posts positioned against the chronological order?

            This is a constant anomoly.

            Privilege, no doubt.

          5. benblack

            I’m sure many others use the app, but, don’t have your privileges.

            Poor explanation.

  4. Mr. T

    Its a funny old world we live in – not even a year ago everyone hated the gardai and sided with protestors, and now its the opposite

  5. GiggidyGoo

    ‘They are a bunch of thugs who have terrorised Monkstown Farm for years.’


    ‘They are a bunch of thugs who have been allowed to terrorise Monkstown Farm for years’

    1. Anti Bots

      Go on Goo. Have another go at the Guards. Maybe your comrades should be in the Farm with their usual “controls”. You know the controls you moan about unless your lot is doing it. Euro or shilling?

  6. Gavin

    I see there’s a scumbag grandad there whose only reason for being there was to start a fight with the cops and cause mayhem.

    1. Reply to Gavin

      that’s my auld lad, and he’s an absolute gurrier. not to be messed with. well outside his 5k. we didn’t hear a word about this.

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      Funnily enough, my pal is a taxi driver and he swears the roughest parts of Dublin are the flats near Donnybrook garage and the houses up past the tuning fork in rathfarnham

      1. Rob_G

        Jesus – imagine working hard enough to buy a house for close to million quid, only to have a load of scumbags living free of charge across the road.

  7. f_lawless

    Chattering classes gonna chatter. Meanwhile liberal democracy as we know it is being dismantled under our very noses. Next stop the biosecurity ultra-surveillance state!

    1. Scundered

      There is no liberal anymore, to be liberal you have to be tolerant of other opinions, those days are gone

  8. Scundered

    A few years inside for him and his cohorts, trying to burn cops or attempted murder, I don’t mind what charge, just get those wasters off our streets

  9. Dr.Fart

    – and what did you do during the pandemic of 2020, grandad?
    – I worked on the frontline in A&E

    – and what did you do during the pandemic of 2020, grandad?
    – I kept safe, followed the public guidelines, and helped keep the numbers down, like many of us

    – and what did you do during the pandemic of 2020, grandad?
    – I helped getting groceries for elderly neighbours

    – and what did you do during the pandemic of 2020, grandad?
    – I protested against it by firing a Roman candle at Gardai from point blank

  10. E'Matty

    A couple of clowns behave badly and the media very successfully vilify the hundreds of perfectly peaceful and legitimate protesters at the protest on Saturday. They are now seeking to use this one firework to shut down public protests in this country, itself an assault on our democracy. They are also using it to try crush all online dissenting voices. Only government approved information is now to be seen as legitimate and authorised in social media. Some democracy that is. We’d criticise the Chinese for doing the same. The media have convinced the public this was a radical Far Right group and of course you get the midde class types letting their masks slip as they label ordinary working class people as scrotes, scumbags, whatever term of abuse you can think of. The people at the bottom of the socieconomic ladder are fair game for any insulting and condescending abuse it seems. They’ll deny this of course (afraid their pseudo-woke credentials are being called into doubt) but have any of them made any attempt to distinguish or differentiate between the ordinary working class people there and the few young idiots itching for a confrontation with the Gardai? Not a chance. But of course, they’re really balanced and its the protesters who are lunatics…

    I was there. Went in to see what the turnout would be. I’m not sure any of the other commenters on here were. When the bangers and fireworks went off, the general mood amongst the protesters (after a brief stampede down the street, the most dangerous part of the day) was “Who’s this f-ing eejit? They’re going to ruin it for everyone”. I turned to the fella beside me and said, “That’s all the media will focus on now” and he nodded in resigned agreement and the girl beside us used colourful language to describe them, the disappointment clear on her face too.

    The crowd was definitely different to the other anti lockdown protests in that it appeared to be whole inner city and beyond communities, men, women, children, the whole lot out. I’ve never seen so many girls in make-up at a protest in my life, but the feelings seemed genuine. Some radical Far Right mob it most certainly was not. There were definitely about a dozen lads at the front riled up for trouble, likely the lads sitting in cells now. No argument there. At one point a group of what looked like MMA devotees walked through and back out again, not too bothered with the proceedings. Besides that it was very much a community afffair where the whole family was out. Looking beyond the stupid and utterly counter productive firework incident, the day was a pretty well humoured and friendly day out. The fireworks were actually at the very START of the day which carried on for a few more hours peacefully and made its way up O’Çonnell Street, around the Garden of Remembrance and back down to the GPO. It was more of a party atmostphere the rest of the time, with one of the lighter moments being when one fella and his bird strutted up Grafton Street to meet the protest with tunes pumping from a speaker on his shoulder and the crowd began cheering and started into a short impromtu dance with plenty of laughter. That’s what most of the day was actually like.

    Much of the online criticism has descended into an unrestrained attack on the people of Dublin’s poorest and most deprived communities. It would benefit people to consider the fact that the way they are so easily dehumanising and disregarding as filth many perfectly normal working class people, is just a tiny taste of how the wealthiest and most powerful view us all. I’ll say this for these ordinary Dubs, they don’t suffer from the same delusional trust in authority and officialdom that blights our middle classes. This event is now being used to restrict the Rights and Freedom of us all. A good day out for the government at a time when they were on the backfoot as the pressure to reopen becomes ever greater.

    1. Oro

      lol I love these posts – you really go all in.

      “Friendly atmosphere…….ordinary dubs……her grandmother told me…….lived in the area since she was born”

    2. Best friends forever

      Totally agree
      What it also does is exonerate the heavy handed and completely useless policing of the protest

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