A farm manager has told of how he was forced to break up a massive party that took place at his well-known Co Meath castle on St Stephen’s Day night.
The event took place at Skryne Castle, close to the historic Hill Of Tara, and was attended by between 500 and 600 young people.
But it was broken up when owner, Derek Iceton (61), was alerted and raced to confront the party goers.
Iceton told the Sunday World: "I started to get calls about 9pm on Sunday night to say the roads around Skryne were flooded with taxis and the people were pouring into the castle grounds.
"I contacted the guards before myself and the assistant farm manager, Ivan Clarke, went down immediately to see what was happening. To be honest my priority was to make sure our livestock, primarily the horses were safe, I assumed the guards would deal with everything else.
"However it became apparent the guards hadn’t arrived when we got there - so I went in and faced them down.
"I started shouting that the Drug Squad and the ERU were outside and just about to raid the place, which of course they weren’t yet, but it worked.
"We blocked the main gate with a jeep which stopped the taxis that were still arriving from getting in but the people in them weren’t happy at not being admitted and the situation was fairly volatile until the guards eventually arrived.
"The first thing I saw when I went in was a number of huge, two or three metre, canisters of nitrous oxide and also a massive bar that had everything from tequila to Cointreau for sale."
Nitrous oxide is a laughing gas which ravers put into balloons before inhaling it for a quick high.
Faced with crowds streaming in from every entry point and hundreds more outside clamouring for access Derek admits he gambled and bluffed the situation.