Hundreds of students queued in the rain from early yesterday morning for the annual RAG Week event ‘Donegal Tuesday’.
The unofficial RAG Week festivities commenced on Monday with a relatively new addition to the line-up, ‘Mayo Monday’.
On Tuesday morning, a number of revellers began queuing outside the Hole in the Wall pub on Eyre Street from 8.30am, two hours before opening time. This year the event coincided with Valentine’s Day, as well as the second day of the annual Solemn Novena.
Gardaí have “additional patrols in place for RAG Week but, speaking to the Galway Independent, a garda spokesperson said this year, thus far, has not been “as bad as last year or previous years”.
“They are making arrests and will continue to make arrests where necessary,” he said. 43 public order incidents were attributed to the event last year, including ten on Donegal Tuesday.
NUI Galway and GMIT and their Students’ Union have long distanced themselves from the event, with GMIT this week stating, “Where evidence and allegations of anti-social behaviour regarding GMIT students are presented to the Institute, those alleged of being involved are dealt with through a Disciplinary Committee.”
The RAG Week festivities were preceded by the seizure of some 4,000 ecstasy tablets with an estimated street value of €50,000 on Friday, believed to be destined for the RAG Week ‘market’.
The drugs and were seized as part of an investigation targeting drug trafficking in Galway by Revenue’s Customs Drugs Law Enforcement and the Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, supported by officers from the Galway Regional Drugs Unit. Two male suspects in their early twenties were arrested.
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