People in Mayo offered free lollipops to prevent rowdiness at Christmas
Forget kebabs, it appears lollipops are the trick to calming people down after a night on the town.
Mayo County Council has launched a campaign to reduce rowdiness outside nightclubs and encourage road safety this Christmas.
The council is offering free lollipops for to club-goers in the lead up to the festive season.
“Like giving candy to a grumpy baby, lollipops are said to have similar effects on grown men and women", road safety officer with Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons said. "Moreover, arguments fuelled by drunken bravado and macho attitudes often escalate following verbal exchanges.
"In other countries police noticed an immediate decrease in rowdy activity and an increase in calming energy and awareness created around the message on the lollipop."
The lollipops also come with a road safety messages such as 'Get Home Safely'.
The scheme, which is being led by Mayo County Council, is being put on trial after a similar project in the UK and Canada and in Mayo last year proved successful.
The scheme is being supported by Gardaí in Mayo and Superintendent Joe Mc Kenna, who is based in Castlebar, said it was worth giving it a shot.
"Through this campaign we and our partners are using a whole range of ideas to tackle anti-social behaviour and improve road safety to make the Christmas period and New Year a enjoyable and safe time for all,” he said.