Plans are afoot for a number of events on the weekend of Halloween, culminating in South Tipperary’s first Zombie Walk, which will be held in Clonmel on Halloween Night, October 31st.
Over the past number of weeks a lot of activity has been ongoing in relation to planning for a safe Halloween in Clonmel.
Clonmel Borough Council has advised that the lighting of bonfires is illegal, and in order to support the community in adhering to this the Council has worked with the community groups and interested people in the town to organise activities for the different age groups to keep everybody in the festive spirit but within the law.
The old tradition of households providing material to youths for the annual bonfire is one that has been almost eliminated but it still has happened in recent years. It is important from both a safety aspect and an environmental aspect that no material is given to youths for the use in a bonfire. The Council’s Environmental Officer will be patrolling areas over the next weeks but if you suspect items are being stored for use in a bonfire, call the Council at 052-6183800 and the disposal of the items will be arranged. Tyre centre proprietors may be required to be extra vigilant over this period too.
Another area of concern is the availability of alcohol to minors and the Gardai will calling to all the off-licenses, pubs and taxi companies to remind them of their obligations.
Bangers are already proving to be a problem, both from a safety aspect and also their impact on animals, particularly dogs. Give the local Garda Station a ring at 052-6122222 to record your concerns if you are aware of fireworks, which are illegal, being available.
Anyone with information on drug dealing activity in their community can pick up the phone and dial a free-phone number: 1800 220 220. Calls are handled in a professional centre by people who have been trained to deal with the sensitivities around the issue. The caller will not be asked for their name and their number will not be traced. The information gathered is passed on directly to the Garda National Drugs Unit and the Gardaí may use the information to build a case against a known drug dealer, to investigate new allegations of drug dealing activity in a community or to make an arrest.
Everyone is asked to play their part to ensure that Halloween weekend proves to be safe, clean and environmentally friendly.