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€10,000 damage to house at teen's 'Project X' party

IN SCENES REMINISCENT OF THE FILM 'PROJECT X', A PARTY FIRST ADVERTISED ON FACEBOOK LEADS TO €10,000 OF DAMAGE AT RENTED SWORDS HOME

JOHN MANNING

Published 22/01/2013 | 15:15

A RENTED house in Ridgewood has been 'destroyed' by 150 rampaging youths who attended a house party after an open invitation was issued by a 16-yearold on Facebook, who was apparently trying to recreate the film Project X.

In Project X, three high school students arrange a house party that gets seriously out of control and on Friday night in Ridgewood, the same thing happened when 150 youths accepted the 16-year-old boy's invitation to party and caused €10,000 worth of damage the Swords home. At 8pm, gardaí in Swords answered a public order complaint at The Oaks in Ridgewood where they estimated 150 youths had gathered, many of them drinking illegally and causing damage to the rented house lived in by the 16year-old and his parents, who were in Australia at the time of the incident. A RENTED house in Ridgewood has been 'destroyed' by 150 rampaging youths who attended a house party after an open invitation was issued by a 16-year-old on Facebook, who was apparently trying to recreate the film Project X. In Project X, three high school students arrange a house party that gets seriously out of control and on Friday night in Ridgewood, the same thing happened when 150 youths accepted the 16-year-old boy's invitation to party and caused €10,000 worth of damage the Swords home. At 8pm, gardaí in Swords answered a public order complaint at The Oaks in Ridgewood where they estimated 150 youths had gathered, many of them drinking illegally and causing untold damage to the rented house lived in by the 16-year-old boy and his parents, who were in Australia at the time of the incident. According to Garda sources: ' Youths smashed bottles and threw them at gardaí, spindles had been taken from the bannister on the stairs, a flat screen television had been ripped from the wall and was gone, an upstairs bedroom had been used as a toilet, there were traces of blood on the stairs and there was a mattress hanging out of an upstairs window.' There were also two downstairs windows broken in the incident and the electricity had been cut off. Many of the youths scattered when gardaí arrived at the scene and ultimately it took six Garda units to deal with the major public order incident. The 16-year-old was interviewed and gardaí learned that his parents were in Australia and he was in the rented house alone while they were gone but did not have permission to host a party. He was delivered by gardaí to his aunt's house in Artane and within an hour a Facebook page devoted to the ' party' was put up online, which has now been ' liked' by more than 2,400 people. Teenagers began contributing to the new Facebook page called 'Adam McLovin Project X' where gardaí say partygoers ' boasted' about the night and posted pictures and comments about the Ridgewood party. It is understood the teenager will receive a caution by gardaí over the incident.

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