Monday 18 December 2017

Charity boss criticises 'Donegal' drinking event

Keeping a close eye on the students lining up on Eyre Street in Galway City for ‘Donegal Tuesday'
Keeping a close eye on the students lining up on Eyre Street in Galway City for ‘Donegal Tuesday'
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A charity boss who is involved in an initiative to curb out of control drinking has hit out at an event which saw students in Donegal GAA jerseys queue for a pub from the early hours.

Up to 500 young people descended on Galway city yesterday to mark 'Donegal Tuesday', an event taking place during the city's unofficial rag week.

Fergus Finlay, chief executive of Barnardos, who is also involved in the 'Stop Out of Control Drinking' initiative, criticised the student event.

He said he feared people would get hurt or be forced to live with the consequences of their actions for years to come.

Mr Finlay said the event was a perfect example of the unhealthy relationship that exists in Ireland with drink.

Queues began to form outside the Hole in the Wall pub from as early as 8am.

Security staff were on hand to limit the numbers entering the pub.

Irish Independent

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