Gardai warning hens and stags to 'take care' in Irish town at weekend
Gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon have warned visitors to Carrick-on-Shannon to be careful on St Patrick's weekend.
The popular destination is a hit with hens and stags, particularly at weekends, since it's well known for its carnival atmosphere.
And ahead of St Patrick's weekend, when hundreds of partygoers will descend on the town, gardai are warning people to take care.
The warning has been issued along with an appeal for information about a serious sexual assault.
The serious sexual assault on a young woman took place on the weekend of February 22-23.
Local councillor Sinead Guckian said there has been a concerted effort by businesses and gardai recently to ensure that partygoers arrive home safely.
The population of Carrick-on-Shannon increases by 30 per cent on Friday and Saturday nights.
"For the most part, it's all very good fun and very novel groups come in and they're entertaining themselves."
"Quite recently, people from all over Ireland and from abroad have been coming in for hens and stags."
Gardai and B&Bs have been working to ensure that unsuspecting partygoers don't get lost in the small town in the early hours when they're walking home from the pub.
"When people arrive, they see Carrick as a small town, and then late at night they can't find their way back to their B&B. It's a small town but there's an intricate network of roads and lanes."
Gardai have launched an appeal to local businesses for relevant CCTV footage from the night of the assault.
Gardai at Carrick-on-Shannon can be contacted at 071-9620021.