Saturday 7 December 2019

Teen covered in blood after bottle attack during Junior Cert celebrations

A teenage boy tended to by paramedics while bystanders look on
A teenage boy tended to by paramedics while bystanders look on
A group of teenage girls go into a specially organised and alcohol free venue for Junior Cert celebrations
A teenage boy tended to by paramedics while bystanders look on
A teenage girl in a collapsed state being tended to by a friend outside the central bank
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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THESE are the scenes of drunken debauchery as Junior Cert teens celebrated their results.

For at least one reveller the night took a dangerous turn.

A teenage girl in a collapsed state being tended to by a friend outside the central bank
A teenage girl in a collapsed state being tended to by a friend outside the central bank

A 15-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to St James’ Hospital after a suspected ecstasy overdose.

A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said the teen was found at around 9.30pm on D’Olier Street.

The boy was conscious and breathing when he was taken in for further observation. He was released this morning and is recovering at home.

Several venues in the capital hosted underage events – all with a strict no alcohol policy. But it seemed that many celebrants had other plans, and filled up with drink beforehand.

A teenage boy tended to by paramedics while bystanders look on
A teenage boy tended to by paramedics while bystanders look on

Two teens in Swords saw their night come to an abrupt end when they received medical attention near northside club The Wright Venue.

The first, a young man, was tended to by paramedics who arrived at around 7.30pm.

With his clothes covered in vomit and seemingly bleary-eyed, the teen was brought to Beaumont hospital by stretcher.

Emergency services have busy night for Junior Cert celebrations

As the paramedics looked after him in the car park a second teen came looking for help.

A teenage boy tended to by paramedics while bystanders look on
A teenage boy tended to by paramedics while bystanders look on

His face and hands were covered in blood and he had reportedly been hit with a glass bottle.

He told the emergency staff that he didn’t know who had hit him. He was bandaged and spoke to gardai who were already patrolling the area.

Meanwhile, bus-loads of excited revellers arrived at the nightclub clutching printed tickets in hand.

Scattered pockets of students finished bottles of beer or sipped from plastic bottles out of sight of gardai and nightclub staff.

Two teenage girls out in Dublin last night
Two teenage girls out in Dublin last night

Some anxious parents looked on from the car park as the teens started their night.

There was a heavy garda presence, both to direct traffic and at the club.

But, for the most part, the youngsters were in good shape as they queued for the results party. The focus was mainly on stylish outfits, high heels and selfies. In the city centre, things were a little different.

Junior Cert reveller in ecstasy 'overdose'

There were smaller crowds waiting for entry to Dandelion on Stephen’s Green, SIN nightclub in Temple Bar and Play nightclub on D’Olier Street.

Gardai patrolled the streets on foot and on bikes but as the night wore on party-goers were looking worse for wear.

A group of teenage girls go into a specially organised and alcohol free venue for Junior Cert celebrations
A group of teenage girls go into a specially organised and alcohol free venue for Junior Cert celebrations

Some struggled in their heels, others fell over on the street and more were being looked after by friends.

Play nightclub had an effective system in place as the night progressed.

Drunk teens were plucked from the queue and herded into a fully-staffed drunk-tank in front on the club.

Behind a glass partition, a team of medics from St John’s Ambulance service looked after a line of teenagers in various states. Those who needed it were provided with special vomit bags and everyone’s details were taken so their parents could be called.

A garda spokesperson said last night that there had been no major incidents throughout the night.

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