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Sergeant Joe Downey.

Gardai Warning to those Attending Junior Cert Disco

Clare students will be celebrating their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday and as the annual celebratory disco takes place that evening in Ennis, the gardaí have issued a warning to those attending and their parents.

The event takes place in Ennis on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and it is an alcohol free disco confined to Junior Certificate students aged between 14 and 17 years of age.

“A large crowd of students are expected to attend from the county and bordering counties. To ensure a safe and enjoyable night out for these students we the Gardai have the following advice to parents, transport operators and to the students themselves. Appropriate attire would be appreciated. Parents are to ensure that arrangements are in place for the safe arrival and departure of their children. To transport operators busses are to ensure that no alcohol is allowed on their vehicles and are advised not to allow any person whom they believe to be under the influence of any substance to travel on their vehicles. Gardai will be present at the point of departure and arrival of busses,” Sergeant Joe Downey, Clare’s crime prevention officer stated.

He highlighted that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated and those found to have consumed alcohol or other substances will not be admitted to the disco and will be dealt with by the Gardaí.

Parents will be contacted by the gardaí in respect of those who are found to have engaged in any negative conduct that requires garda intervention.

“Parents are reminded to discuss these matters with their children beforehand and to insist that they not misbehave. Extra gardaí will be on duty to police the event. If these simple rules are followed by all concerned it should allow for a most safe and enjoyable evening,” Sergeant Downey explained.

About Carol Byrne

Carol Byrne is a reporter at The Clare Champion newspaper reporting on news in the East Clare area and the arts. She also covers the courts in County Clare and has received seven national awards for this coverage from the Law Society of Ireland and a National Lottery Local Ireland national media award for Best Community Story 2019. A Masters in Journalism graduate of NUI Galway, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Limerick in Music and Media Studies, and a Higher Diploma in Irish Legal Studies. She began her career interning at The Limerick Leader and Clare FM, before taking up a full time post at The Clare Champion in 2006.

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