Saturday 24 February 2018

Freshers' Week 'a living hell for locals'

University of Limerick. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
University of Limerick. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A Limerick woman has spoken about the "living hell" of Freshers' Week as she has to clean up "vomit, blood and s***" from outside her front gate.

Christyna Mulcahy, who lives at Watergate in Limerick, said she has spent the majority of this week cleaning up broken glass, vomit and blood.

Ms Mulcahy said she has even had to clean up human faeces from outside her gate.

"They use our gardens as public toilets," she said.

Freshers' Week got underway on Monday night, but Ms Mulcahy said that the unsociable behaviour is an ongoing problem in the area.

"The residents here have been complaining for the last 30 years but nobody seems to care," Ms Mulcahy said.

"The worst I've seen would have been the two people having intercourse in our neighbour's garden.

"We also had an incident where the students had the roads completely blocked and they tried to overturn a car with a lady inside it."

With her youngest child still in school, Ms Mulcahy believes the sleepless nights are having a negative effect on her child's education.

Limerick County Councillor Malachy McCreesh met with Ms Mulcahy and has called for more gardaí to be deployed in the area.

When he visited the Watergate area at night, Mr McCreesh said students were "throwing bottles on the ground, getting sick and urinating on property".

Sarah Dunphy, Students' Union President at the University of Limerick, said in a statement that it did not condone such behaviour.

Irish Independent

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