Businesses asked to be judicious with St Patrick’s Day sales

Businesses asked to be judicious with St Patrick’s Day sales


Councillor Mary Howard – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

An Ennis councillor is calling on the town’s businesses to act judiciously when selling to young people on St Patrick’s Day.

Councillor Mary Howard is requesting that the business owners in the town centre not to sell shaving foam or silly string to young people on the day.

Cllr Howard said: “A number of years ago, 75 local businesses signed a petition calling for a greater Garda presence on the streets of Ennis amid concerns that visitors to the town did not feel safe due to the behaviour of teenagers.”

“I’m now appealing to all businesses, especially on the route of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, to be sensible about whom they sell these products to,” Mary Howard said.

“Over the last number of years visitors to the town and spectators at the parade were sprayed with these products, plus shoppers and business owners are being intimidated, as these young people are blocking path ways, laneways and entrances to shops.

This is obviously having a negative economic impact on the town as nobody wants to stay in the town centre after the parade,” Cllr Howard added.

“Over the last number of years a number of local businesses closed their doors at 3pm as the town was deserted mostly due to this antisocial behaviour. St Patrick’s weekend is one of the earlier festivals of the season and it is important that locals, visitors and businesses have a positive and enjoyable few days,” she concluded.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.