Members of the joint policing committee in Westport were informed that events held in Westport during the year did not lead to an increase in public order incidents; in fact public order incidents in the town are down on this time last year.
Inspector Joe McKenna said that he was informed by Sergeant Denis Harrington that events in the town “went off reasonably well”. The inspector said there was a “nice family feel to festivals this year”, which “was a good advertisement for Westport.”
The inspector complimented the people of Westport, the town council, and local gardaí for “doing a tremendous job” and he suggested that after each event the gardaí would sit down with organisers and review the event. Insp McKenna said that perhaps traffic management issues could be tweaked.
Upcoming events in the town include the Sea to Summit, The Rolling Sun Book Festival, and the Christmas markets — Sproai na Nollag. Cathaoirleach of the town, Councillor Christy Hyland, said he understands that this year these markets will be spread out around the town and he urged people to support the festive event.