Many students returned to college this week
Crowds of young people gathered in Galway and Cork last night as college students returned to the cities.
Hundreds of young people gathered for a drinking session at the Spansih Arch in Galway.
It comes as health officials have warned of rising Covid-19 cases in both counties.
The 14-day COVID-19 rate in Galway has jumped from 28.3 to 54.3 in the past week.
NUI Galway has labelled the scenes last night as deplorable.
Gardaí say they disperesed the crowds in Galway at around 10pm and they are not investigating breaches of Public Health Regulations by those who were there.
Meanwhile. in Cork residents have criticized UCC students union for holding a virtual freshers week.
Videos shared on social media show crowds gathered outside pubs in the town.