A DISTRICT Court Judge has commended the organisers of two teen discos in Clonakilty for implementing recommendations suggested to them last October.
These included the signing of parental responsibility forms, the option of breathalysing, and changes in the purchase of tickets.
Judge James McNulty vowed to get tough on drunk teenagers at these events following The Southern Star’s exclusive story from February last year which revealed how teens attending ‘Bounce’ at Bandon Rugby Club required hospitalisation due to severe drunkenness.
Medics including Dr Jason van der Velde of West Cork Rapid Response were forced to set up a field hospital to treat the teenagers and he later called for parents to take more responsibility.
At Clonakilty District Court this week, Judge McNulty granted dance licences to both Clonakilty GAA and Clonakilty Agricultural Show for their teen discos at Ahamilla and The Boiler Room.
‘I am delighted that the organisations have adopted these recommendations and the court commends them and expresses a special thanks to the small army of volunteers who run these events,’ said Judge McNulty.
Clonakilty Agricultural Show sought the court’s permission to sell tickets from more venues.
Judge McNulty said he had no objection to organisers selling tickets in Macroom and Skibbereen.
For the discos in Ahamilla, the court was told that parents come to the venue a week beforehand to buy the tickets and organisers were also granted court permission to extend sales to Skibbereen.