MITCHELSTOWN ANGER OVER UNDERAGE DRINKING
As this year’s Festival of the Galtees drew to a close on Monday night last a number of incidents of drunkenness and underage drinking have come to light. One father who had taken his three young children to the funfair in the square over the weekend was shocked to see teenagers with cans of drink on some of the rides.
“As we queued for the bumpers these two teenagers got into one of the cars, each with a can of cider. They were obviously drunk and were standing up and shouting. This was very dangerous and the funfair owners didn’t seem to care. I took my children out of the queue and went home,” the man, who did not wish to be named, told The Avondhu.
Other reports tell of gangs of teenagers drinking at the corner of the square as the Queen of the Galtees was crowned.
“Most of these youngsters were no more than 16 or 17, this was supposed to be a family event. I was afraid for my young children and I didn’t see one garda on duty in the square on the night we were there,” another father told The Avondhu.
The Avondhu has also learned that an individual was seen buying drink and then selling it to teenagers in the town.
“There is a prosecution pending against an individual in Mitchelstown for selling drink to teenagers so I can not comment on this case. I would however call on anybody who sees drink being sold to teenagers to contact the gardai immediately,” Sergeant Aidan Dunne of Mitchelstown garda station told The Avondhu.
Thursday 10th June 7:48pm