'High visibility policing' led to ten public order arrests during Freshers' Week in Carlow

There were four assaults as well over the course of the week

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett



A "robust policing plan" to tackle the growing popularity of Freshers' Week at Carlow IT led to ten public order arrests and there was also a "spike" in anti-social warnings. 

Sgt Conor Egan of Carlow Garda Station has said that last year and this year Freshers' Week at the college has been bigger than Rag Week. 

With approximately 8,500 students at the IT, Gardaí had a "robust policing plan in place" for the five day event earlier this year. 

Sgt Egan said there would have been "multiple assaults and public order incidents if the policing plan wasn't in place". 

The Dinn Rí had 2,500 people on the Wednesday night of Freshers' Week for an international act. 

There have been 28 anti-social warnings in Carlow with a "spike" in them during Freshers' Week because of house parties. At one property in an estate in Carlow, a behaviour order has been issued by the courts.