Gardai report busy Saturday in Limerick city

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

IT WAS a busy weekend for retailers in the city as the fine weather, Mardi Gras and the hurling match at the Gaelic Grounds led thousands into the city on Saturday evening.

IT WAS a busy weekend for retailers in the city as the fine weather, Mardi Gras and the hurling match at the Gaelic Grounds led thousands into the city on Saturday evening.

But it was also a busy night for gardai at Henry Street station, with 22 individuals arrested - a marked increase on a ‘normal’ Saturday night.

However, most disturbances were minor public order offences and many of those were dealt with by way of on-the-spot fines, behavioural warnings and adult cautions.

Gardai at Henry Street said it is unlikely many individuals will be brought before the District Court on these charges.

In one incident on Robert Street a large group of women were involved in a fight at 11.30pm.

Gardai stressed the higher level of arrests was due to the number of factors.

Saturday night was a busy night for revellers as the Mardi Gras attracted thousands of people, and thousands more flocked to the city following the Limerick-Wexford hurling match at the Gaelic Grounds.

Organisers of the festival put some of the trouble down to boisterous teenagers who had consumed alcohol before arriving into the cordoned off area. However, they say the trouble was minimal given the scale of the event.

The Mardi Gras event – taking its inspiration from the famous Rio de Janeiro procession - is an initiative of the Market Quarter, a group of nearly 25 businesses located in the area around Ellen Street, Denmark Street, Robert Street and Cornmarket Row.

The crowds were entertained by the award-winning LUXe street performers, live music, DJs and an outdoor stage. The area became a glass free, pedestrian zone filled with live bands, street performances and BBQs.