VIDEO: Day Two of Tricolours and drinking in Holylands

  • Street drinking through March 18, after heavy partying day before
  • Litter such as beer cans and bottles strewn at properties
  • Widespread wearing and flying of Tricolours

Residents of the Holylands have been complaining about ongoing anti-social behaviour the day after St Patrick’s Day.

The locals also expressed concern at the widespread flying of Tricolours from student properties, in what is an integrated area.

Brid Ruddy, chair of the College Park Avenue Residents Association, with litter left at properties in the Holylands, the day after St Patrick's Day

Brid Ruddy, chair of the College Park Avenue Residents Association, with litter left at properties in the Holylands, the day after St Patrick's Day

There was continuing street drinking through March 18, in addition to the heavy partying the day before.

The permanent residents, who live close to Queen’s University but are massively outnumbered by temporary young residents, complained about litter being left at people’s homes.

Brid Ruddy, chair of the College Park Residents Association, told the News Letter that there were concerns about the sectarianising of the area: “A substantial number of the people celebrating here were running round wrapped in Tricolours, waving Tricolours, putting Tricolours out of their windows. These stay up for weeks.”

She said: “We really don’t want that, this is an integrated area.”

Tricolours stay up for weeks. We don’t want that, this is an integrated area

Brid Ruddy

Ms Ruddy said that Belfast City Council had been left with a massive cleaning up operation on both March 17 and 18.

She said of the ongoing revelling yesterday: “This is St Patrick’s Day Two, because instead of going home, a lot of students have decided just to have an extended holiday, finish the rest of their drinking from last night.”

In 2009, there were riots in the Holylands on St Patrick’s Day amid the drunken excesses of the celebrations.

The trouble sparked widespread criticism of the student culprits.

Tricolours such as these were showing across the Holylands, the day after St Patrick's Day

Tricolours such as these were showing across the Holylands, the day after St Patrick's Day