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Be Ferry Careful Donegal ferry owner warns drunken Leaving Cert students will be left stranded

The operators of the ferry say any students under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed onto their ferry “to or from the island.”

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A view of the mainland from the island

A view of the mainland from the island

A view of the mainland from the island

A ferry boat operator in Co Donegal has warned Leaving Certificate students planning to celebrate their results on a local island that drunken behaviour will not be tolerated on their boats.

The owners of the Arranmore Ferry (Blue Service) say they have received a lot of calls from students planning to visit scenic Arranmore Island to celebrate receiving their results on Friday.

The island, with a population of almost 500 people, lies five kms off the village of Burtonport and has became a hugely popular destination again for visitors since the lockdown was lifted.

Indeed any students who do become worse for wear may find themselves stranded on the island.

The operators of the ferry say any students under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed onto their ferry “to or from the island.”

A spokesperson said “Friday is a big day for all Leaving Cert students receiving their results and we would like to wish them the very best on the day and future ahead.

“On that note we have been receiving a lot of calls this evening from young people wanting to travel to the island to celebrate.

“We would like to clarify that although we love to see visitors coming to the island and enjoying themselves, we would not encourage the gathering of so many young people when alcohol is involved.

“Just to make this point clear, passengers under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to travel onboard our ferries to or from the island. “

The ferry operators have now even offered refunds to students who are considering over-indulging in alcohol on Arranmore Island on Friday.

The spokesperson added “Any student who has pre-booked a ticket and feel they fall into this category or are having second thoughts after reading this can contact our office and we will be glad to refund your ticket.

“We want everyone to enjoy themselves but in a safe environment.”

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The warning comes following the appointment in June of a new community garda to cover the island.

Garda Richard Quigley is the first officer stationed in nearby Burtonport in almost seven years.

The move came after what was a rowdy June Bank Holiday weekend on Arranmore during which a number of fines were handed out for public order related offences.

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