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Donegal priest contacted gardaí over 'Shag a Ginger Night' in local nightclub

Gardaí said that no law was being being broken and that it would be a civil rather than a criminal matter.

Image: Pulse Student Letterkenny via Facebook

A PRIEST IN Donegal says he’s disgusted about the ‘Shag a Ginger Night’ being promoted in a local nightclub in Letterkenny and has contacted the gardaí about the event.

Fr Lorcán Ó Searcaigh says it’s an insult to red haired people.

Speaking on Barrscéalta on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta today the parish priest in Glenfinn said he has been contacted by concerned parents about the event, who are very angry, and feel that it’s clearly a form of bullying against red heads.

I was disgusted to hear the theme of this event. The parents really feel that it’s a form of bullying, and I think it’s insulting to people with red hair.

He added that he contacted the venue in question, Pulse nightclub, to verify that the information he had was accurate.

I spoke to the nightclub, and they told me that the theme was just a gimmick. I told them that if they had to stoop that low to get people in, they shouldn’t be in business at all.

Ó Searcaigh contacted the gardaí but was told that no law was being being broken and that it would be a civil rather than a criminal matter.

The priest then appealed to the nightclub to change the theme of the event:

I spoke to the nightclub a second time as well, and told them again that I was very unhappy about the event and that a lot of people were very upset about it.


Letterkenny IT Student Union has said that it has nothing to do with the event.

In a post on its Facebook page, it stated, “The Student Union logo is not present at all in this, the student union have not promoted this event at all and yet the SU is to blame.

Businesses are entitled to promote what they want, Student Unions cannot stop business promotions or events, unless they represent a logo with regards to the Student Union.

“To the people who are offended, read the poster properly and realise the LYIT Student Union logo isn’t present. This is not an LYIT Student Union event this is a Business Event.”

The event, which is due to take place tomorrow night, promises free entry to people with red hair, it also offers to dye people’s hair red and give out free condoms.

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