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Top 7 towns in Ireland plagued by stag and hen parties

What happens in Langtons stays in Langtons.

SET DOWN THOSE paint ball guns, put away the L plates, and think about what you’ve done.

Every weekend towns the length and breadth of the country are besieged with an influx of likely lads and girlo gals, determined to show their brides and grooms to be a good time.

Now, we know they bring in much-needed business and craic, but spare a thought for the locals left behind after the last Jägerbomb has been imbibed.

Here, in descending order, are the top six towns suffering from the zombie plague.

7. Galway

With the Go Bus and the train making a beeline for Galway, it’s a natural destination. Although some of them don’t wait until they alight to get the party started.


And again on the way home:


6. Athlone

The Piano Bar in Athlone town is a regular haunt of hens and stags, and they play the national anthem at the end of the night, and Maniac 2000 at least once.

What more reason is needed for the willy straw-waving brigade to descend on the midlands, keeping the residents of the Radisson, Sheraton and other hostelries up all night.


5. Lahinch

Wherever you see zorbing, then you can be sure hens and stags will swiftly follow.

4. Dublin (Well, Temple Bar)

Not only do they come from around Ireland to slip and slide around the cobbled streets, they come from across the Irish sea and beyond.

The Temple Bar, The Quays, Oliver St John Gogarty’s and Fitzsimons with its ‘five floors of fun’ are all regularly subjected to gangs of men and women fresh off a Ryanair flight with baby Guinnesses on their minds.

Matching t-shirts/headwear essential. Preferably with mention of each member of the party’s sexual prowess. Up For It Ursula, Dogging Dan etc.

3. Carlingford

There’s just the one (carpeted, national anthem-playing) nightclub in Carlingford, or so the legend goes.

But that one nightclub (as well as the beautiful scenery, nice restaurants and ‘handiness’) is enough to draw scores of hen and stag parties to the Louth town.

2. Carrick-On-Shannon

Booze cruises are the order of the day in Carrick, as is the ever-present bubble football.

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And what the blazes is ‘hen party dancing’?

Uh oh:

Which brings us on to number one…

1. Kilkenny

“2 Stag parties and 1 Hen party” that’s what the receptionist told use were staying along with us, after we got our room keys.

Thus begins a Tripadvisor review of just one of the many hotels, hostels and B&Bs that grace Kilkenny’s streets.

It’s the unofficial hen and stag capital of Ireland.

Langtons, the main nightclub in the town, has been known to play Black Eyed Peas’ I’ve Gotta Feelin’ (the unofficial hen party anthem) twice in the one night and there are restaurants in Kilkenny that refuse to take stag and hen parties, such is the reputation for carry-on.

And then of course, there’s this:

Be strong, people of Kilkenny.

Read: 11 defining characteristics of an Irish hen party>

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