independent

Saturday 20 September 2014

Gardaí report quiet St Patrick's weekend

Simon Brouder

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:36

  • Share

GARDAÍ have reported a quiet St Patrick's festival in Tralee with no major public order incidents in the town over the holiday weekend.

  • Share
  • Go To

GARDAÍ have reported a quiet St Patrick's festival in Tralee with no major public order incidents in the town over the holiday weekend.

Tralee Gardaí said that there were no major public order offences as up to 8,000 people thronged the streets of the county capital on St Patrick's Day. Between Friday and Monday night there were just eight arrests made for minor public order offences including public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and minor incidents of criminal damage.

A Garda spokesperson said that despite a number of minor individual incidents that were quickly and easily dealt with, the majority linked to alcohol, there were no major problems reported across the town.

However, there were reports of widespread underage drinking in the town centre and in the Town Park on St Patrick's day with several publicans and business owners stating they had confiscated alcohol and removed troublesome drunken teens from areas in and around their premises.

There was a significant garda presence in Tralee Town Square on St Patrick's Day where an afternoon performance by a local DJ had attracted a crowd of several hundred teenagers.

Though the crowd was unruly at times no significant problems were reported though the entire square was heavily littered by Monday evening.

Gardaí said an unspecified but small number of youths had been spoken to in relation to suspected underage drinking and possession of alcohol. A small amount of alcohol is also understood to have been confiscated from a number of teens in the town centre.

Kerryman

Read More

GrabOne Deals

News