A nurse says she was surrounded by a group of young people, who were purposely coughing on her, on the seafront in Clontarf.
Susan Nutley says more than 15 teenagers,on bikes, were involved in the incident on Monday evening.
She says they blocked the footpath near Bull Island while she was out for a run and also wouldn't let two elderly people by.
The healthcare worker says she wanted to share what happened to her to highlight the stupidity and danger of people engaging in such activity.
Community group, LoveClontarf.ie, raised the issue on it's facebook page;
"During her jog, a group of approx 15 - 20 young boys on bikes were blocking the path. They refused to move out of peoples' way (including an elderly man). As the lady approached she asked them to move. They continued to block the path and ignored her. Quite unbelievably, approx 5 of the boys then followed her coughing towards her dramatically, thinking it is a funny joke."
The group has appealed to anyone with information, or those who have come across a similar situation, to contact Gardaí.
"It's Not A Game, It's Disgusting" - Harris
Minister Simon Harris was coughed at himself, while walking to the Department of Health yesterday;
"A man and woman on the street thought it was hilariously funny to come up to me coughing out loud, and then run off laughing."
"Can we please, as a people, just look at what's happening in Italy and the European Union where we're seeing several hundred people a day dying."
Gardaí say there are aware of ongoing social media reports of people in ‘coughing’ at members of the public.
They say this activity could amount to an offence under the Public Order Act or Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.
Last Thursday a man and a woman reported being purposely coughed on in Kildare.