Council, Killarney Chamber and Gardaí meet to discuss viral video scenes

People partying, dancing, and drinking in apparent breach of COVID-19 regulations in Killarney town centre - August 2020.

Council and Killarney Chamber representatives met with Gardaí today to discuss the scenes captured in a viral video last weekend.

The video shows a group of up to 50 young people drinking and dancing in Main Street, Killarney, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It also shows a young man jumping on top of a former phone box that stores a defibrillator.

Kerry County Council, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the Gardaí met earlier in relation to the incident.

Following what was described as a constructive meeting, Kerry County Council, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the Gardaí say they are working together to assure everyone that the town will always be a welcoming and safe destination.

They say it has been a busy summer in Killarney, despite the various COVID-19 restrictions in effect; the three bodies also acknowledge that the very vast majority of people who visit and socialise in Killarney do so responsibly.

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Municipal District Manager, Angela McAllen and the President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Paul Sherry thanked An Garda Síochána for the meeting.

They say they’re pleased this exceptional, but one-off, incident is being investigated and all agree that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.

The council, chamber and Gardaí say they will continue to work together to ensure measures are in place to facilitate a safe and enjoyable visit to Killarney.

In light of the increasing numbers of coronavirus cases nationally, the three bodies are appealing to members of the public and businesses to continue to act responsibly to limit the spread of the virus.