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Halloween message from An Garda Síochána, Tramore

30 October 2017 Latest News Local News News

Sargent Mark Mills, of Tramore An Garda Síochána was recently in studio with us to talk about the spate of burglaries that have taken place around Tramore over the last few weeks. While in studio Sgt Mills also outlined the laws surrounding Fireworks and safety tips for parents over Halloween.

  • It is an offence for any person to possess a firework with intent to sell or supply, without a licence.
  • It is an offence to throw an ignited firework at any person or property.
  • It is an offence to light unlicensed fireworks

The penalty for these offences is a fine of up to €10,000  or 5 years imprisonment or both.

  • The simple possession of fireworks without a licence is also an offence – liable to a fine of up to €10,000

Be considerate of others:

  • Keep noise to a minimum, including music and large gatherings, both in your residence & out in the street. Be a respectful neighbour.
  • Be respectful of not only your own property but your neighbour’s property as well.


  • If you are under 18 years of age please refrain from drinking alcohol. It is illegal to drink alcohol in a public place in Tramore, regardless of your age.
  • It is an offence for a person to purchase alcohol for consumption by a person younger than 18 years of age.

Canons Field is Church property. Trespassers will be prosecuted.

Personal Safety Info from the HSE
  • Young children should always have a responsible adult escorting them door-to-door on Halloween night.
  • Talk to your child about the safety risks associated with Halloween and tell them how to lessen the risks.
  • If your child has a mobile phone, make sure they have it in their possession when they go out, that it is charged and has credit so they can ring for help if needed.
  • Remind children about “stranger danger” and the importance of not talking to people they do not know. This also means skipping houses that do not have lights on and never trick or treating at strangers’ houses.
  • Teach your child not to approach any animals at Halloween as even animals that are normally calm and friendly and known to the person can often attack when frightened by noises such as fireworks.
  • Keep in contact with older friends, neighbours and relatives – remember Halloween can be a frightening time for some people.
  • Teach your child to respect other people’s well-being, safety and peace of mind.

Be safe:

  • Parents need to accompany young children while they are trick or treating.
  • Note that the Road Safety Authority advises that no child under the age 12 years should be allowed cross the road or cycle on the road without adult supervision.
  • Consider ‘trick-or-treating’ in a group and staying together.
  • Don’t forget to: stop, look, listen and look again before crossing the road.

Be seen:

  • The evenings are dark this time of year – make sure that motorists can see you clearly:
    • Both adults and children should wear high-vis vests when out trick or treating – remember children can easily remove their vest when they arrive at each house and slip it back on again before moving onto the next one.
    • Adults and children should also carry a torch.
  • Stay on footpaths and driveways.
  • Stay off lawns and gardens.
  • Avoid poorly lit areas.

Above all have a Happy & Safe Halloween!


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