RESIDENTS of a town in west Cork were left outraged after hundreds of teenagers hosted a massive outdoor party at a local pier, leaving the place trashed on Wednesday.
They're demanding action be taken against the culprits after vast amounts of litter were found following a rave that lasted through the night.
it's estimated that 400 young people had gathered for 'Club Piero' parties on the pier in Schull.
Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South-West Christopher O'Sullivan took to social media to complain about the parties.
"I don't want to be a party pooper but large, late-night gatherings at Schull Pier need to stop now," he wrote in a Facebook post.
"I've received reports of up to 400 people gathering on the pier late at night for 'Club Piero' - partying into the early hours without masks and with no physical distancing.
‘CLUB PIERO’ - AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN
Cllr Danny Collins told Neil the large late-night gatherings at Schull pier, nicknamed ‘Club Piero’, is "an accident waiting to happen.” He said that the People in Schull are anxious & demanding action. pic.twitter.com/7maND4bP0X
— Neil Prendeville (@NeilRedFM) August 13, 2020
"Under COVID guidelines this is not permitted. Those guidelines are important and protect everyone. It's also affecting businesses near the pier, with much needed guests at venues being turned off by the noise created by the partying in this shared public space."
Photos of the littering were shared all over social media, and there were reports of vandalism in the surrounding area.
Local councillor Danny Collins described the parties as an "accident waiting to happen", adding that the people of Schull are anxious and demanding action is taken.
Mr Collins said: "This has been going on for years in Schull, 'Club Piero' as they call it. This year with pubs closed it has become a large gathering area for youths mainly, from all over the country and a few locals as well. They're bringing their beer and partying down there until all hours of the morning."
"This is upsetting a lot of residents, noise and music until all hours. There is a very successful hotel that's full at the moment and this is not good for it," he added.
"It's no help having our bars closed at the moment, I can see the youths' problem - they have nowhere to go. This isn't only Schull, it's happening all over West Cork. There's no law and order and with a few drinks involved this is what's happening.
"The gardaí are doing the best they can, they don't have the man power to deal with it either. They're trying to disperse the crowds but it's happening over and over again."