Saturday 24 March 2018

Hundreds of drunken teens descend on Cork village in 'Project X'-style 'smash and run riot'

A Twitter user posted this photo of Gardai in Cloyne village on Saturday night. (Twitter)
A Twitter user posted this photo of Gardai in Cloyne village on Saturday night. (Twitter)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

More than 200 drunken teenagers descended on a small East Cork village on Saturday night after a house party was advertised on social media.

Described as a “smash and run riot at the cross of Cloyne”, the large crowd arrived in the village in response to a ‘Project X’ style invite that spread online.

Garda Superintendent John Quilter said that gardai received a number of reports of damage being done by the crowd, the Irish Examiner reports.

Furthermore, there was no public transport system in the village to facilitate the teenagers leaving.

Supt Quilter said it attracted a large crowd, and confirmed that there were some public order issues and some arrests.

A retailer in the village, who did not wish to be named, described the night as “crazy and frightening for older people”.

Social media sites Facebook and Twitter were the platforms for discussion for teens to make their plans before Saturday night.

“Can see these boys making an appearance in Cloyne tonight,” one person tweeted with an attached photo of a riot squad.

“24 more hours till the 26th ahhh ya boooy!!!!!!” another wrote.

“Pulled a few strings lads so Channing Tatum, Ariana Grande and Spoderman will be making an appearance in Cloyne Saturday night, Enjoy!!” another posted.

Residents wrote about the chaos online.

"Don't open your doors and stay off the street as many of the teens are highly intoxicated," one resident wrote on the 'Report a crime in Cork' Facebook page.

Supt Quilter has warned people not to post open party invitations online.

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