St. Paddy’s Day Chaos

by Blythe Harkins

The Gown, QUB

Some illicit activities include police being pelted with bottles and the 12 culprits were arrested.  A South Belfast MLA Jimmy Pratt told the press that the St. Patrick celebration was “shameful.”  He went on further to say that “It is time the local universities adopted a zero tolerance approach and expel those identified as being involved in this behaviour.”

Two years ago the student population of Belfast turned a happy go-lucky street celebration into a anti-social riot.  Because of this, the authorities and volunteers were on hand for this year’s festivities.  However, the students see this as a challenge and when police  reached the scene to quiet the chaos, but only more uprising occurred.  Twelve people were arrested after police were pelted with bottles as dozens of house parties spilled on to the street.

When most people think of St. Patrick’s Day, images of leprechauns, four leaf clovers, and pots of gold come to mind.  But what is the real deal with St. Patrick?  It is said that St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland back in the late fourth century. He was also  a key in abolishing the rights of pagans.  Parades and parties happened all over the world yesterday but things went a bit too far closer to home for Patrick.

The day might of started off a bit rough today for those who indulged in some St. Patrick’s Day fun yesterday but these kids are definately regretting last night’s activities.


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