Gardai managed to stop a second Project X party from taking place in Longford at the weekend after as many 1500 people indicated they were likely to attend the event, the Leader has learned.
Senior detectives successfully averted any repeat of the scenes witnesses in Cavan a week earlier by carrying out a series of preventative measures last week.
It came after organisers posted invitations to hundreds of followers on social networking site Facebook last week for the gathering which was scheduled for around 9pm on Saturday evening.
However, in the days beforehand, it’s understood high ranking officers discovered the plans as news spread across internet sites up and down the county.
In a bid to avert chaotic scenes, similar to those witnessed at a house party in Lavey, Co Cavan just eight days previously, a string of “controlled measures” were put in place involving members from both the regional support unit and traffic corps.
The move as well as heavy garda presence eventually forced prospective revellers to call off the event, which this newspaper understands had been earmarked for an area inside the town’s Mastertch Business Park.
Gardai have so far steered clear from commenting publicly on the controversy for fear others may attempt to stage almost identical events in the future.
However, sources this week expressed fears the growing trend of large public gatherings involving teenagers and young adults may be replicated elsewhere.
“There was a Facebook page and up to 1500 had indicated they were going to go to it. Thankfully though, controlled measures were put in place and it was called off,” said a well placed source on Monday.
Dubbed ‘Project X’, the sudden upsurge in large public gatherings is believed to centre on the Project X film, released earlier this year, which follows three friends who plan to gain popularity by throwing a party that escalates out of control.
Gardai are, meanwhile, not linking the incident to the discovery of drugs worth an estimated €190,000 on the main Longford to Edgeworthstown road last Thursday evening.