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.
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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.