Tuesday 28 February 2017

Major clean-up begins after St Patrick's Day celebrations in capital go into overdrive

* Revellers in good spirits during festivities
* No major public order incidents reported
* Temple Bar heavily policed

Ryan Nugent

Litter left in the street in Temple Bar this morning after yesterday's St. Patrick's day celebrations. Photo: Tony Gavin
Litter left in the street in Temple Bar this morning after yesterday's St. Patrick's day celebrations. Photo: Tony Gavin
Litter left in in a bicycle basket in Temple Bar this morning after yesterday's St. Patrick's day celebrations. Photo: Tony Gavin
Litter left in in a bicycle basket in Temple Bar this morning after yesterday's St. Patrick's day celebrations. Photo: Tony Gavin
Litter left in the street in Temple Bar this morning after yesterday's St. Patrick's day celebrations. Photo: Tony Gavin
A cyclist makes his way through the litter left in Temple Bar this morning after yesterday's St. Patrick's day celebrations. Photo: Tony Gavin
Litter left in the gutter in Temple Bar this morning after yesterday's St. Patrick's day celebrations. Photo: Tony Gavin
Litter left in the gutter in Temple Bar. Photo: Tony Gavin
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Anna Evans and Liliya Martynuk from Baltimore, Maryland in the US picture enjoying thems selves at the St Patrick's Festival Parade in Dublin. Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath
General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Thousands of tourists, locals and beer bottles covered the streets of Temple Bar last night as St Patrick's Day celebrations went into overdrive in the capital.

The area was more heavily policed this year, with a private security company ready to assist gardaí during one of the busiest days of the year.

Regular searches took place at all entrances for anyone with a bag or suspiciously bulky coat.

Even musicians carrying guitars to one of the many gigs in the city's pubs were checked.

Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

However, this could only achieve so much - with bottles and cans getting kicked out of the way as thousands of people, most in green hats, made their way from pub to pub.

Despite the masses that descended on the capital, the atmosphere was good-humoured as the day turned into night. A garda spokesman said there were no major public order incidents reported across the city.

General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The Temple Bar area was only allowed to fill up to 70pc of its normal capacity, with members of the force stationed around various entrances holding clickers to measure the numbers entering and leaving.

A number of people who were drunk were stopped by gardaí and had their names taken. Revellers were also questioned if spotted urinating on walls of laneways.

Portable urinals were supplied, but didn't seem to meet the demand.

Elsewhere, in O'Donoghue's pub on Baggot Street, punters were in sing-song mode - as the whole bar joined in for a rendition of Dublin favourite, 'The Auld Triangle'.

General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A major clean-up operation is planned to take place in the city centre today.

Gardaí have been informed by council chiefs that authorities would be around to clean up the revellers' mess - as the extra bins put in place for the festival overflowed and rubbish piled up on streets.

Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers enjoy partying at St Patrick's Day festivities in Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Tucking in to food after a long night. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of rubbish on street. Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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