A number of pre-arranged fights, among children as young as twelve, have been reported to Gardaí in Fermoy.
Gardaí say they have responded to a number of calls this afternoon concerning antisocial behaviour around the town.
According to Gardaí, both boys and girls have been gathering at pre-arranged locations to take part in and watch organised fights.
Others have been engaging in antisocial behaviour which Gardaí say is intimidating for residents and has a negative impact on everyone.
“This is not a matter of having 'nothing to do' as it involves a small minority, but has a disproportionate effect on the wider community," An Garda Síochána said in an online post.
"Schools and Gardaí are not responsible for minding your children. This is the responsibility of those engaging in antisocial behaviour.
“As well as impacting on the community, these children put themselves at risk of coming to the attention of Gardaí and the criminal justice system which can have life-long consequences, not to mention the risk of physical harm or worse.”
Gardaí have asked parents to ensure they know where their children are at all times: “Parents, please know where your children are and what they’re up to – instead of finding out from us after it’s too late.”
They have also reminded the public to report any suspicious or anti-social behaviour they come across.