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Bedlam One man arrested as gardai disperse raucous late night street party in Cork’s Washington Street

'One man, aged 50, was intoxicated and arrested for public order offences'

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Gardaí have confirmed that one man was arrested as they attended the scene of a raucous late night street party in Cork’s Washington Street last night. 

It has been reported that as many as 1,000 revellers had gathered at Courthouse steps while crowds lined the roads, banging on the sides of buses and dancing in the middle of the street.

Crowds of people had been slowly growing over the course of the night, and by the time the pubs closed gardai were forced to move to disperse them.

Garda public order vans and a squad car stopped at the junction by Courthouse St to divert traffic away from the bedlam.

One doorman told CorkBeo they'd never seen such huge turnout by the steps which are traditionally a hang-out for people to eat food and chat after hitting the town.

The party came as students around the city celebrated freshers week with events being held for the college comeback.

At one point a flare was lit as people started chanting.

Gardai said that at approximately 11.30pm they encountered a large crowd of people in the area.

"One man, aged 50, was intoxicated and arrested for public order offences,” gardai said.

“He has since been charged in relation to the incident and released and will appear in court at a later date.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

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