A 'mini-Glastonbury': Cork teens linked to chaos at Kerry beach

A 'mini-Glastonbury': Cork teens linked to chaos at Kerry beach
Tents and debris near Derrynane beach.

CORK teenagers have been linked to an illegal, three-day rave on a protected Co Kerry beach, which has left locals furious.

Residents in Derrynane, the former home of Daniel O'Connell, were left with a massive cleanup operation after large numbers of young people camped in the area over the bank holiday weekend.

The remnants from the weekend were strewn across the protected sand dunes, including human waste, used condoms, camping gear and other rubbish, with many of the signs indicating that at least some of the participants are from Cork.

Credit card receipts, gym passes and other identifying materials left behind all suggest that some of the campers live in suburbs of Cork city.

Locals also reported a large number of C-registration cars at the beach over the weekend.

One man living in the area, a renowned beauty spot, said the aftermath was like that of a major music festival.

"It looked like the remnants you would see after Glastonbury or the Electric Picnic," Ross Duffy told Radio Kerry.

"Tents ripped open, beer cans and bottles were strewn over an area of probably 100 square metres.

"As soon as we started walking down into it, we began to see human waste everywhere, just everywhere, scattered around the dunes." 

Camping is banned in the area and this is clearly signposted. The area is regarded as being of ecological importance and is home to the Natterjack Toad, an endangered species.

Pictures on a Facebook page set up to highlight the waste showed used condoms and toothbrushes littered in the grass, with more waste stuffed into rabbit burrows.

The page also showed pictures of items left behind by the campers, including a list of more than 25 names with the heading 'Bus to D’nane.' The page screenshotted comments administrators believe were from people who were at the scene over the weekend.

Locals say they have had to clean up events like this after previous August bank holiday weekends but said this year was felt to be the worst yet.

The Office of Public Works confirmed that it is 'working closely' with Kerry County Council and An Garda Síochána to 'address the matter.'

Local councillor Michael Cahill said the incident is not an isolated one in the area.

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