Hundreds of people attended an illegal Boxing Day rave at Irish Castle


Hundreds of people attended an illegal rave at Skryne Castle in Ireland on Boxing Day (December 26).

The event took place despite Ireland’s strict COVID-19 restrictions, after an anonymous group apparently leased it through Airbnb.

According to, the rave was attended by around 450 people and a set was played by a “famous DJ”, but the identity of the DJ is still unknown.

Castle owner Derek Iceton said he started receiving calls about the event around 9 p.m. from local residents claiming there had been noise and the arrival of taxis at the castle.

“I contacted the guards before I did and the assistant farm manager, Ivan Clarke, immediately went downstairs to see what was going on,” he said. Sunday World.

“To be honest my priority was to make sure our cattle, mainly horses, were safe, I assumed the guards would take care of everything else. The first thing I saw on entering was a number of huge two to three meter cans. nitrous oxide and also a massive bar that had everything from tequila to Cointreau.

“However, it became apparent that the guards hadn’t arrived when we arrived – so I went in and faced them.”

A Garda spokesperson later added: “An Garda Síochána responded to reports of an event in Skryne, County Meath on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Gardaí attended and the crowd gathered. later dispersed.

“Gardaí is investigating all the circumstances surrounding the event, no arrests have been made yet. “

Ireland imposed strict COVID-19 rules on December 19, with restaurants and bars forced to close at 8 p.m. No indoor events have been authorized after this time.

Venues were also running at reduced capacity – for indoor venues it was 50% capacity or 1,000 people, and outdoor events were limited to 50% or 5,000 people.


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