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Saturday 3 December 2016

Donegal Tuesday: 500 students queue from 9am for unofficial RAG week event

Published 16/02/2016 | 10:51

Students in Galway for 'Donegal Tuesday'.
Students in Galway for 'Donegal Tuesday'.
Students in Galway for 'Donegal Tuesday'.

OVER 500 students queued from 9am this morning outside a Galway pub as part of an unofficial Rag Week event.

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Queues formed outside the Hole in the Wall pub from early morning with the line of students stretching around the corner into Eglington Street for Donegal Tuesday.

While many of those gathered wore Donegal jerseys, students had travelled from all over country for the event.

A large number of security staff monitored the crowd, searching bags and confiscating bottles as the students gained entrance at 10am.

Students from Donegal, Belfast, Sligo, Kildare and Dublin were among those first in the queue this morning.

Donegal Tuesday has become the largest event of the unofficial Rag Week over the past number of years.

Gardai patrols passed the pub on a number of occasions this morning, keeping an eye on proceedings.

Gardai have launched a "comprehensive" operation this week as unofficial Rag Week events take place across Galway.

Rag Week was suspended at both NUI, Galway and GMIT after the student's unions voted to disband the event which had attracted an anti-social element in latter years.

A member of security said students began queueing from before 9am.

“We’re keeping an eye on the crowd and the gardai are passing by regularly. If we see anyone already drunk or causing any problems they won’t be let in and we’re pointing them out to gardai,” he said.

Liam Sweeney from Ardara Co Donegal was among the first in the queue.

The NUI, Galway student is currently on placement in Donegal but travelled back to Galway for the event.

“It’s good craic and there’s no wild badness. Everyone is just enjoying themselves,” he said.

Caoilinn Horkin (20) a student at Queen’s University in Belfast, travelled down to the day as did Shauna Gill (23) from Sligo who has attended the event in the past.

“It’s the only time in February we get to do something fun and let loose,” she said.

Sean Gill (21) insisted the event was “a bit of banter” with no anti-social element.

“It’s a bit of fun. People are just enjoying themselves and it’s well organised.

“My mum texted me to say ‘have a good day, I’ll probably see you on the news later’,” he added.

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