Gardaí made a number of arrests for public order incidents in Kilkee last night, as a large number of young people gathered for a party in the town.
Footage has emerged on social media showing dozens of people cramped together in the town’s iconic Bandstand, with no social distancing to be seen.
It shows dozens of people, mainly teenagers, cramped together in a small area.
Gardaí were called to disperse the crowd, and made a number of public order arrests.
However, listeners have told Clare FM that the event continued up to and after 3 a.m.
A large clean-up has been undertaken this morning to remove empty cans, plastic bags and other waste from the area at Kilkee and damage was caused to a newly refurbished shelter in the East End carpark.
Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Cillian Murphy says he can’t remember anything like this in the town in over 30 years.
During another incident in Kilkee on Friday night, one Garda suffered an arm injury while making an arrest.
Gardaí have told Clare FM they have deployed additional resources to the town this weekend.
This afternoon, the Council has called on people to act responsibly, stating that the coronavirus pandemic has not gone away.
Chief executive Pat Dowling says there “must not” be a repeat of the scenes tonight, in Kilkee or anywhere else.