Galway city centre via Scarto, Creative Commons

Gardaí make a number of arrests as students celebrate in Galway city

There are reports of dozens of students being arrested for public order offences as they celebrated ‘College Week’.

GARDAÍ SAY THEY have made a number of public order arrests in Galway overnight as students in the city celebrated ‘College Week’.

Gardaí confirmed to this morning that there were a number of arrests overnight for drunk and disorderly behaviour but would not say exactly how many and stressed that they were not all students.

Reports in the Galway Advertiser indicate that ‘College Week’ is now under threat after a bonfire was held earlier this week in the Dun Na Coiribe area of the city which local residents said “resembled a war zone.”

Gardaí say that an estimated 800 people attended the event but probably not all of them were students.

Earlier this week the president of NUI Galway called on students to abandon their celebrations.

The university had already removed its support of the event, formerly known as Raise and Give (RAG) Week, in 2009 after a “series of unfortunate incidents”.