Cork students praised by Gardai for their behaviour during RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Community Gardaí in Cork have said there have been no major issues with RAG week this year, and they want to commend students’ behaviour during this week of celebration. RAG week, or raise and give week, is a week where students raise money for charity …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 February]

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Donegal Tuesday brings massive crowds to Eyre Street for day long drinking

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Donegal Tuesday, the ‘highlight’ of the unofficial Rag Week for students in the city, is back again with big crowds at the Hole in the Wall. Students have turned out in massive numbers on Eyre Street today, as they do every year for Donegal Tuesday, filling the street with Donegal jerseys as they wait to get into the pub …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 11 February]

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Gardai issue RAG week warning to students with more patrols in city

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork City Community Engagement Gardai on duty for UCC RAG Week in the city have warned students that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, with residents in student areas concerned about student behaviour this week …” (more)

[Michael Hayes, CorkBeo, 11 February]

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Gardaí Say They Will Be Taking A Zero Tolerance Approach Towards Anyone Causing Trouble During Raise And Give Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Annual events like Freshers and Raise and Give Week have been heavily criticised by some locals. Some community groups in Cork say some people are afraid to leave their homes at night due to increased levels of anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Red FM, 10 February]

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RAG Week kicks off at 7am as students queue outside Cork City early-house

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar might have applauded the people who were getting up early in Cork this morning – until he saw them queuing up outside an early house. But it all seemed to be good natured for the students who were waiting patiently in the dark outside a packed Charlie’s Pub on the quays by City Hall as RAG Week got off to a bleary-eyed, 7am start …” (more)

[Joe O’Shea, CorkBeo, 10 February]

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Students At UCC Have Paid More Than €11,000 In Fines For Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The policy has led to a drop in complaints. Particularly during Rag and Fresher’s weeks over the past two years …” (audio)

[RedFM, 5 February]

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Unruly UCC students hit with €11k in fines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of University College Cork (UCC) have paid almost €11,000 in fines as part of a new crackdown on antisocial behaviour. The new approach, involving university authorities and students themselves, has also seen the number of complaints from the public about antisocial behaviour linked to UCC’s Rag Week and Fresher’s Week events drop over the last two years …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 5 February]

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Chips are down over Punches Cross student apartments plan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“No off licence or fast food outlets will be tolerated at a proposed student accommodation development at Punches Cross. That was the strong message from Labour Party councillor Joe Leddin at a special meeting in City Hall about the 100-apartment development this Monday …” (more)

[Alan Jacques, Limerick Post, 1 August]

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Students better behaved

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near UCC have breathed a sigh of relief as students living around the college are behaving better. Locals living along College Road and the surrounding streets told a community forum this week that this year’s Raise And Give (RAG) Week was the best it’s been for them in years, as there was hardly any parties and very little anti-social behaviour to report …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 13 March]

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Limerick landlords considering CCTV over student house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Landlords are considering installing CCTV at their properties in Limerick due to a series of ‘destructive house parties’ that took place during Charity Week. Several properties in Castletroy have been left ‘destroyed’, with almost 150 people ‘herded’ out of one house party in College Court during the early hours of last Tuesday morning, it is understood …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 4 March]

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RAG Week celebrations underway in Carlow Town

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Rag week celebrations are under way in Carlow town where students have been socialising since it kicked off on Sunday. Local pubs have been running events such as breakfast raves and high profile DJs are playing in local nightclub the Foundry all week …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR96FM, 19 February]

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RAG Week was much quieter than normal …

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… but there were still 15 public order offences, 20 drug incidents, 20 house parties and 61 on-the-spot fines. New UCC regulations and increased cooperation with residents are being hailed as the main reasons for a quieter RAG week …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 16 February]

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Additional Gardaí on duty for ‘Donegal Tuesday’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardai have an operations order in place today as students gather in their droves in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 12 February]

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Unions issue warning to students as crowds multiply in city for Donegal Tuesday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions at NUI Galway and GMIT have issued a warning as revellers form queues at Eyre Street in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 February]

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Gardaí warn students over drinking on the street during RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students caught drinking on the street during next week’s RAG week event in Cork will be fined, gardaí have warned. And those who step out of line could also face internal college sanctions, up to and including fines …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 7 February]

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Vox Pop: Does the unofficial RAG week give NUI Galway a bad image? President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh speaks out

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Galway’s unofficial RAG week always attracts online attention. Reading comment sections on Facebook on Donegal Tuesday, opinions on the week were clearly divided. New NUI Galway president Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh weighed in on the debate over the contentious week which ran from Sunday 11 – Friday 16 February. He said that while he ‘wasn’t conscious enough of any particular issue’ arising during the week, ultimately students attending university in Galway should have respect for the city …” (more)

[SIN, 21 February]

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RAG Week and the Community

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When you likely read this, it will be the middle of Raise and Give Week. An annual event to raise money for various charities, it is also seen, by some, as an excuse for drinking, debauchery and vandalism. There are three constants to RAG Week, it seems: money is raised for some fantastic causes, house parties spill out onto the streets of College Road, and perturbed residents ring up the likes of Neil Prendeville and PJ Coogan to complain about ‘those feckin students’ …” (more)

[Rob O’Sullivan, UCC Express, 13 February]

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UCC Taking Hardline Approach To Anti Social Behaviour During RAG

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s Raise and Give (RAG) Week has in the past brought negative attention to the university through disruptive behaviour, and this year UCC has told the Evening Echo that they will be taking a more ‘hardline approach’, namely introducing a number of initiatives to respond swiftly and decisively to students who are in breach of university rules …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 13 February]

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UCC Rag Week clampdown

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) President Patrick O’Shea is preparing a major clampdown on student anti-social behaviour by introducing new fines and restrictions that aim to ease the longstanding concerns of local residents. Community gardaí and college chiefs have been working to ease the fears of residents ahead of RAG week in February …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 29 January]

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RAG week ‘shenanigans’ not unique to Ireland

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘There was shenanigans in Galway again this year during Rag Week.’ That is the oft-repeated statement which I was confronted with yet again at a recent family gathering. Previously, I would have taken the easy option by simply nodding as if in agreement. However, having completed one exciting Erasmus semester at a University in Germany, one of the many changes that I noticed within myself is that the nod had developed into an emphatic shake of the head …” (more)

[Alison O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 May]

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