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Busy Weekend
« on: November 15, 2020, 07:45:49 pm »
Click link to view footage... but be warned it's very poor quality, in fact disgraceful wouldn't be too strong a term.

https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/south-william-street-drinking-crowds-19283903

Disgraceful footage shows hundreds of drinkers throng South William Street with no masks or social distancing

The shocking scenes came just hours after the Chief Medical Officer expressed concern that people were becoming complacent in the fight against COVID-19

ByMark O'Brien
13:01, 15 NOV 2020 UPDATED14:01, 15 NOV 2020
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Hundreds of people appeared to give two fingers to social distancing rules last night as they partied on a city centre street.

Disgraceful footage emerged this morning of revellers thronging South William Street in close groups with no masks on.

The video, which tracks down the street, shows crowds of people lining the street, with dozens more outside Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and stood outside Grogan's pub.

Many appear to be drinking takeaway pints while others are drinking cans of beer.

Under current Level 5 restrictions, people are only allowed to meet up with members of one other household outside.

The shocking scenes came just hours after the Chief Medical Officer expressed concern that people were becoming complacent in the fight against COVID-19.

Speaking after 456 new infections were confirmed yesterday, Dr Tony Holohan revealed the five-day moving average of case numbers has increased from 354 to 392.

He said: "We have seen higher numbers in recent days than we expected based on the encouraging trends of the last three weeks. We are concerned that this progress is at risk.

"We have to remember that the virus is still very active in the community and we cannot let our guard slip. NPHET will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming days.

“We all need to focus on what we can do to stop the spread of this disease; wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering, keep our distance from others, avoid crowds, limit our social network, know the symptoms, self-isolate and contact a GP if we have them.

"Stay at home and restrict our movements if you are a close contact of a confirmed case."

A garda spokesman told Dublin Live officers attended the scene on South William Street last night to disperse the crowds.

He said: "Gardai maintained a presence in the area. No breaches of regulations were detected.

"A number of patrols were conducted in the area over the course of the evening.

"The Minister for Health signed the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No.8) Regulations 2020 in accordance with the Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2020 which came into effect on 22/10/2020.

"In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines and regulations, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent.

"This has seen Garda members engage, explain, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.

"The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations, in particular essential journeys, in order to continue to save lives."

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Re: Busy Weekend
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2020, 07:49:37 pm »
https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/history/gardai-ask-crowds-disperse-large-19283857

Gardai ask crowds to disperse as large groups gather with drink in Cork City centre

Part of the city centre was compared to "Magaluf Strip" on social media

By Joe O'Shea Editor
12:02, 15 NOV 2020 UPDATED15:06, 15 NOV 2020
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Gardai moved quickly to deal with large groups of people gathering in Cork City centre last night amid concerns over breaches of Level 5 restrictions.

Crowds were seen on the Grand Parade, on the Coal Quay, around Patrick Street and in some cases - gathered close to pubs selling "take out" pints and hot drinks.

Several hundred people were on the boardwalk by the Nano Nagle bridge off the Grand Parade at around 9pm last night.

And Gardai told CorkBeo this morning that officers moved in to direct the crowds to disperse.

A Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí responded to reports of a large gathering of people on South Mall, Cork City, yesterday evening".

"Gardaí attended the scene and requested all persons to disperse. Gardaí maintained a presence in the area. No breaches of regulations were detected."

"A number of patrols were conducted in the area over the course of the evening."

It was the second Saturday night in a row that large crowds have been seen in spots around the city centre. Many in the crowds have been bringing their own drink to the streets, to gather and meet friends.

Posts to social media from people who witnessed the crowds included concerns about the public health implications of large-scale breaches of Level 5 restrictions on gatherings.

One poster compared the scenes on the South Mall to the "Magaluf Strip" while others raised the prospect of a "curfew" for Cork City centre at the weekend, such as the 10pm curfew brought in across city centres in the UK to deal with night-time gatherings.

There are also public hygiene concerns as there are currently no functioning public toilets in the entire city centre and as pubs and cafes remain closed - many of the laneways and streets around the city centre have been left in a very unhygienic state this morning.

Prominent Cork publican Benny McCabe, who owns two large pubs on Cornmarket Street, told CorkBeo that while he was aware that there were crowds in the public areas along the Boardwalk at the Grand Parade end of the South Mall, the area around his pubs, which were doing a limited takeaway service until 9pm, saw no issues or problems for the Gardai.

"We had our own security men, there were no incidents or problems and I was there myself to see that," Mr McCabe told CorkBeo.

"We did stop our take-away service at 9pm and I believe that most if not all other pubs doing a similar service did as well - we would not go beyond that time and we would not operate without our own security there," he said.]

The well-known Cork publican said the few fellow bar-owners across the city who were operating a take-out service were doing it on a very limited basis and taking all the precautions they could.

The Gardai have been asked to enforce temporary restrictions brought in on October 22nd that are designed to police Level 5 breaches and behavior that could pose a threat to the public health.

A Garda spokesperson told CorkBeo this morning: "In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines and regulations, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent.

"This has seen Garda members engage, explain, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.

"The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations, in particular essential journeys, in order to continue to save lives."

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Re: Busy Weekend
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2020, 08:23:24 pm »
Close the fckn pubs , no take-away bollox.
He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.

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Re: Busy Weekend
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2020, 08:24:26 pm »
... or get more taxis on the streets.

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Re: Busy Weekend
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2020, 08:53:59 pm »
Theyll be all dead by xmas ...." its goin be a cold , cold Christmas without you ....na na na na naaa "

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Re: Busy Weekend
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2020, 12:31:37 am »
Busy ye sat I got 96 euro for 11 hr
Friday I made 100 for 12 hr

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Re: Busy Weekend
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2020, 03:07:18 am »
Jeyes...yer flying.....
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Re: Busy Weekend
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2020, 03:23:01 pm »
Nothing wrong with that on top of your puppy dole, TD42. Must get back to doing a bit myself.

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Re: Busy Weekend
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2020, 10:41:47 pm »
Nothing wrong with that on top of your puppy dole, TD42. Must get back to doing a bit myself.


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