Gardaí Say Crowds Are Up And Public Order Incidents Down During Festival

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GARDAI in Tralee say that crowds are up this year so far at the Rose of Tralee Festival and there have been no major incidents.

Speaking of Radio Kerry’s ‘Talkabout’ programme this afternoon, Garda Niall O’Connor thanked the public for their support over the past few days.

“The interactions with the public have been phenomenally positive. The feedback we have been receiving is that the policing of the Festival has been excellent,” he said.

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However, Garda O’Connor said the gathering of teenagers at the big tree between Ivy Terrace and the Brandon car park is a drain on their resources.

“We’re advising parents not to let their children down there, it’s a huge drain on our resources, We’ve a sergeant and a number of guards dedicated to policing that area and when children are caught underage drinking, they are dealt with by the juvenile diversion programme. We’re not there to parent their children. At 12 o’clock we do clear that area. We do police it to the best of our ability,” he said.

Garda O’Connor said there haven’t been that many public order incidents during the Festival.

“From our perspective, it’s been a fantastic festival — numbers are up, arrests are down. There haven’t been many public order incidents and where there have been, they’ve been isolated and dealt with quickly,” added Garda O’Connor.

Meanwhile a number of items have been handed into Tralee Garda Station during the festival. They include a black purse containing cash found on AbbeyCourt on Friday, cash found on Sunday on Castle Street, a Mitsubishi car key, two men’s wallets and a house key with an owl key ring on it. If these sound familiar contact Tralee Garda Station on 066-7102300 or call down in person.

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