Seven people have been treated in hospital for injuries sustained following altercations at a funeral in Tuam, Co Galway yesterday evening.

Five men and two women were injured during the course of the melee, which happened in the local cemetery on the Athenry Road.

It is understood that a number of those injured sustained stab wounds.

The violence happened following the funeral service of a local woman in Tuam.

After the funeral mass, the cortege travelled through the town without incident, but when it arrived at the cemetery, disagreements broke out and the situation rapidly escalated.

One man was airlifted to hospital for treatment, while the others were taken to University Hospital Galway. None of the injuries were said to be life-threatening.

Gardaí said they were alerted to the disturbances at the cemetery at around 4pm and 30 officers, including members of the Regional Armed Support Unit attended the scene, breaking up fights and dispersing the crowd.

Disturbances were also reported outside a house on the Gilmartin Road in Tuam.

Gardaí said a youth was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was later released and a file is being prepared for the local Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Detectives appealed for any witnesses to the altercation to contact them.