Liam Fay: 'Boozy yoof' only stumbling in footsteps of their elders
Young people have been getting hammered again. The booze-fuelled misconduct of a minority of youngsters does a disservice to a whole generation but it's nothing compared to the reputational damage routinely inflicted by the civic worthies and commercial interests who seem determined to blame all of Ireland's alcoholic ills on the newest recruits to the national drinking club.
Last week, Mayor of Galway Liam Carroll revealed that he is scared to walk through Galway city centre after dark. His comments were informed by a recent Saturday night visit to Eyre Square. "Young people were drunk and falling all over the place," said Carroll. "It was intimidating and frightening and I certainly would not bring my wife in there."
The mayor concedes that he went looking for trouble. His longstanding concern about drinking habits in Ireland was reinforced by a trip last month to the annual Irish Fest in Milwaukee. This three-day celebration of Irish music and heritage, one of the biggest ethnic festivals in the US, is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere. "The bars were open from 11am to midnight, but there was not a sign of any trouble," said Carroll.