Thursday, September 14, 2006

Just like the old days, eh?

No it bloomin' is not. Perhaps I am turning into an old fogey, perhaps I might have a mild case of the rosy tint when I remember my own youth, but I don't ever remember acting or seeing anyone act like the kids last night.
What the hell does it say about is as a nation if we our 14/15 year olds are acting like bloody animals the moment they're out the front door? Since when does celebrating equal getting pissed up and arrested?
Taken from today's Independent.

HUNDREDS of teenagers celebrating their Junior Cert results went on an alcohol-fuelled rampage in Dublin city centre last night.

There were tears, drunken brawls in the middle of traffic, and paralytic girls whisked off on stretchers or carried kicking and screaming into garda vans.

The scenes were played out graphically on the streets of the capital as 58,000 students across the country celebrated their results last night.

Twenty teens were taken to Store Street garda station but were released later into the custody of their parents.

While most students around the country were well-behaved with many attending alcohol-free events, the so-called party started early for some.

They were seen openly drinking alcohol in alleys and back streets off Dublin's O'Connell Street at 6pm.

Some of the more brazen ones made no effort to conceal the alcopops, beer and cider they were drinking as they staggered down O'Connell Street in stiletto heels, in revealing dresses and mini-skirts.

In many cases they were egged on by pubescent boys swigging from their own bottles.

The gates to The Point Depot, where 5,500 students attended an alcohol-free party hosted by Grooveyard Promotions, were littered with empty beer cans and bottles as ambulances waited inside the gates.

One unconscious girl was taken out by stretcher. Another was wheeled out into an ambulance.

Another teenage girl screamed abuse at three gardai who bundled her into a garda van while a teenage boy staggered past, bawling his eyes out.

A steady stream of teenagers unable to walk or stand on their own were escorted to a special holding area to be picked up by their parents.

A group of bus drivers walking past the venue said they were sickened by what they saw. "It's a disgrace," said one. "It's like something you'd see at a wino convention," another added.

Earlier, hundreds of other Junior Cert students took over Middle Abbey Street, screaming, yelling, bashing into passers-by on the street as they queued outside the Traffic nightclub, which was also hosting an alcohol-free party. A drunken street brawl broke out about half-an-hour after the doors opened at 7pm.

Four or five girls took swings at and pushed each other out into the middle of oncoming traffic.

Another skirmish involving the same group broke out minutes later.

21 Comments:

Blogger Boliath said...

F*kin hell!

Bloody Dubs...

Ah no I'm joking really, did the culchie kids get up to much?

PS: FMC I was in Ireland for 5 weeks bonding with the family, the little fella now says biccie, boy, wan and jumper in a broad Mayo accent, I can die happy.

3:08 p.m.  
Blogger finn said...

are you sure that last night wasn't the final exam for the course in Football Hooliganism?

3:11 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ahhh, too cute especially wan, jidjaseeyerwan? Awesome.
Oh Finn, little brats.

3:15 p.m.  
Blogger beezer said...

Sounds pretty shocking alright. In my day, I remember Today Tonight did an expose of the local northside disco - the Grove - kids did get a little drunk, some more than others, but I never remember the fighting and there was certainly very little drug taking (or none that I was aware of). At the time it sent major shock waves all over the country and it confirmed for anyone living outside Dublin that capital D for Dublin also stood for capital D for Debauchery! Seriously though, it is hardly surprising that this is going on, kids are looking to adults and lets be honest, we are a society which does not exercise what those in the know like to call "responsible drinking". A lot of kids also have part-time jobs which we wouldn't have had, mobile phones/internet which must be great for teenage scheming. It would be interesting to find out the stats on these things or whether the "meedga" are using shock headlines to boost readership numbers.

4:53 p.m.  
Anonymous The Swearing Lady said...

I love the fact that Darwin's Law prevails, and that they'll all be dead by 20. Excellent.

7:06 p.m.  
Anonymous ainelivia said...

My, how things have changed. Back when God was a boy, when I attended the local Sisters of Mercy establishment (mercy, now theres a thought, not many of the sisters were acquainted with that word, but anyway I digress). Well it just wouldn't have happenned. What with the sisters patrolling the local streets each night in their Volks Van, ( I have personal experience of their nightly patrols) and anyway it would be more than a publican's life was worth to serve us al-co-hol. For if they had they would have been berated (and you haven't been berated, until you'd been berated by our then local parish priest) from the pulpit on the following Sunday. Oh he knew how to bring shame down on our heads.

Oh my, how things have changed.

8:23 p.m.  
Anonymous ainelivia said...

My, how things have changed. Back when God was a boy, when I attended the local Sisters of Mercy establishment (mercy, now theres a thought, not many of the sisters were acquainted with that word, but anyway I digress). Well it just wouldn't have happenned. What with the sisters patrolling the local streets each night in their Volks Van, ( I have personal experience of their nightly patrols) and anyway it would be more than a publican's life was worth to serve us al-co-hol. For if they had they would have been berated (and you haven't been berated, until you'd been berated by our then local parish priest) from the pulpit on the following Sunday. Oh he knew how to bring shame down on our heads.

Oh my, how things have changed.

8:23 p.m.  
Anonymous ainelivia said...

Was it so good, I said it twice?? Sorry about that fmc

8:24 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Indeed you did Ducky, I totally understand, I"m a Loreto gal myself-those bloody nuns. Sorry about the tardy reply I was out at the new Hermés photo exhibition.
There's uproar over the carry on of the kids last night, my taxi driver was telling me the cops were out rounding them up until all hours and the media are doing their usual faux shock hand wringing.

9:50 p.m.  
Anonymous Johnny5 said...

I got shitfaced the night of my Junior cert results, never did me no harm.

*Cough*

1:23 a.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

ahhhhhhmmmmm - been 13 years since I left, but it sounds like not much has changed. Alright, we didn't get up to much fighting, but getting shit faced after the Inter Cert, that was par for the course.

9:55 p.m.  
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Anonymous petewela said...

That stimulates some synapses.....I'm sure I did the same when the Inter results came out; but I can't remember (is it because it was 1983 or that I was drunk at the time). Word of a Grove revival is reaching me in the LA 'burbs; have I missed out on something by never having been there? Per parents, I was too young when I waned to go (had to satisify myself with the Oasis.....very safe, well I did go to school there) and when I was allowed, sure wasn't I in pubs already. It's nice to chance on your blog. Familiar territory. Well mustn't ramble on, even though I have.

7:38 a.m.  
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Teens need ta make mistakes ta learn from them

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