Man accused in relation to graveyard violence ‘under threat’ says solicitor

A man charged in connection with an outbreak of violence at a Tralee graveyard last November is under threat whenever he appears in court, his solicitor has said. Gavel 2 Arthur Faulkner appeared at Tralee District Court where he is charged with having a slash hook and a torque wrench at Rath graveyard on November 11th, 2014. Mr Faulkner is one of a group of men charged in relation to the incident which took place during the funeral of a settled Traveller. A 24 year-old man was stabbed during an outbreak of violence at Rath graveyard on the day in question. 34 year old Robert Faulkner, of 3 Parkview, Wellington Road, Cork, is charged with having two Stanley knives. 18 year old Christopher Faulkner of Lower Killeens, Blarney, Cork, is charged with having a claw hammer, and a slash hook. Arthur Faulkner who is 25, and with an address at 201b Old Youghal Road, Cork, is charged with having a slash hook, and torque wrench. 28 year old Wayne McCarthy, of Double Cottages, Lower Killeens, Blarney, Cork is charged with having a slash hook. Solicitor for Arthur Faulkner, Pat Mann, said he had appeared in court on four occasions already and the case was taking far too long to be brought to a conclusion. He said his client was under a form of threat when he appeared in court. Judge James O’Connor was told the directions of the DPP are still awaited in the case and he adjourned all four cases until October.