8 November 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Gardaí and emergency services in Monaghan reported yet another quiet Halloween period, with Gardaí noting a reduction of anti-social incidents in and around Monaghan town.

The annual Halloween Event run by Monaghan Neighbourhood Youth Project at Monaghan Shopping Centre was a roaring success. Thanks again to the generous funding provided by Monaghan Town Council annually and Monaghan Shopping Centre, 100’s young people and their families gathered at Monaghan Shopping Centre and the major vantage points around the town to enjoy the festivities organised by Monaghan NYP.

The night has been cited as a major contributor to the reduction of such incidents. Garda Sergeant Michael O’ Reilly reported “ From a Garda perspective it was very successful. It provided a great outlet for young people and their families and provided a focal point to celebrate Halloween. The Gardaí have seen a definite improvement in terms of public order in the town for the night since the events establishment 11 years ago. We definitely view it as a success and something we can build on for the future”

“The Gardaí are very satisfied to say that the event substantially contributed to a safe and event free Halloween for all in Monaghan town area. The focus of the event on family entertainment provided a safe, well controlled environment for all to enjoy the festivities”.

All family members were catered for at the event from the fancy dress kiddies disco to face painting for the very young to the Youth band “Dirty Paws”, Monaghan GYDP Youth Samba Band, Girls dance group “Thriller” performance, fireworks and carnival atmosphere for teenagers and the rest of the family. The Firework Finale could be seen for miles creating a great display and focal point for the community to come together in celebration.

A great deal of preparation and effort has been put in the last weeks and months to organise this huge community event by the staff at Monaghan Neighbourhood Youth Project .Brenda Mc Morrow, David Mackin and Darren Smyth Youth Justice Workers and Erica Reade Foróige Regional Youth Officer have worked closely with many young people and much preparation have been going on behind the scenes in the run up to this Halloween event.

Monaghan GYDP is a community based youth development project which involves young people in developing themselves and their communities. It is part of a network of Garda Youth Diversion Projects to assist young people at risk. The project is operated by Foróige the National Youth Development Organisation, funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform through An Garda Síochána and supported by the local Government and the European Social Fund.

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