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24 May 2022

Laois Offaly gardaí break up drinks party at local amenity

'Large gathering' at Derryounce Lake Portarlington

Laois Offaly gardaí break up drinks party at local amenity

Derryounce Lake on a sunny evening this week

Laois Offaly Gardaí had to intervene in recent days to break up a 'large gathering was in breech of Covid-19 restrictions.

Gardai dealt with what they called a 'large gathering' at Derryounce Lake near Portarlington on Tuesday, March 30.

Pictures showed empty alcohol cans bottles abandoned at public benches beside the lake which is maintained by a local committee.

Gardaí remained at the scene for a time after the people had dispersed. It is not clear if Fixed Charge Notice fines were issued under Covid-19 laws.

It is not the first time that Gardaí have had to intervene during the Covid-19 pandemic at Derryounce. Gardaí ordered the temporary closure of the amenity last year after a large crowd gathered on a sunny May bank holiday.

Gardai urged the public to please work with us in keeping your families and communities safe.

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