On January 1st 1850 the pond in Herbert Park, Dublin, was once again frozen and in use as a skating pond. This was not unusual in 19th century Dublin. The Evening Mail of the following day reported that the pond was visited by “a strong muster of idle Dublin blackguards, ragamuffins and vagabonds” determined to ruin the fun of the law abiding skaters. Initially, the rowdies kept to one end of the ice having made a slide. But, in the afternoon the sliders caused mayhem by sliding into the skaters. Some of the skaters retaliated and attacked the sliders with sticks. The end came to a sudden end when the ice broke. Although many were soaked in the icy water, none suffered serious injury.

I found this information in a book by Frank Hopkins entitled “Ireland 366″.Iceskating