Students run amock after grad night

An Athy councillor is calling for increased garda presence on the streets of the town on secondary school graduation nights.

An Athy councillor is calling for increased garda presence on the streets of the town on secondary school graduation nights.

Cllr Thomas Redmond’s comments come after a massive clean up had to be staged in Athy to deal with vandalism caused during graduation celebrations last week.

According to the town councillor, both Emily Square and Edmund Rice Square were covered in broken pint glasses and bottles, while Tidy Towns’ flower installations were knock over.

Speaking to the Leader, Cllr Redmond said: “I do understand garda resoruces are under pressure but we need more co-orindation.

“There needs to be more garda presence on graduation nights and Leaving Cert nights in the town. It makes more sense.”

Tidy Towns Chairman Ger Kelly said it was unacceptable behaviour. “This drink-fuelled vandalism is not acceptable and these students should know better. They should be able to know right from wrong.”

He said the flowers pots will be replaced in the coming weeks. “It’s unfortunate but this type of behaviour does happen.”

Meanwhile the recent Athy Tidy Towns clean-up of the River Barrow, in preparation of TriAthy, was a huge success and well attended.