Three Cork Institute of Technology hotel rooms were the home of a mad after-party involving a tesco shopping trolley at this week’s USI Congress in Athlone.
USI Congress delegates were told they could “have some of the craic…but not all of the craic” as a late night party in three hotel rooms, featuring a shopping trolley, got out of hand.
 
The congress, which is taking place at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, had been putting motions forward for the previous two days, and delegates took to the hotel rooms of three Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) delegates to “let their hair down,” in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
 
It is believed that a shopping trolley full with alcohol from the local Tesco was brought up on the lift to the third floor of the hotel at some stage during the night, and was found empty by hotel staff yesterday morning in a room turned upside down.
 
With 217 delegates present at the congress, upwards of 50 people were said to be partying between the rooms during the night, with a number of delegates admitting to being present at the party, but not necessarily there at the time the trolley arrived.
 
Newly elected President, Kevin Donoghue, said he was there at one stage, but was not present when the trolley had arrived.
 
“No, I was not in the room with the trolley (he laughs). I was in one of the three rooms alright, but there was no trolley there at the time,” said Donoghue.
 
Director of the congress, Ben Archibald, took the delegates responsible to one side at the end of Wednesday morning’s session, and the delegates are said to have apologised to the hotel’s manager, while also cleaning the rooms before the hotel’s cleaners went near them.
 
A woman’s handbag with keys, a wallet and a mobile phone went missing during the madness, but were since found in another room.
 
President of the CIT Student Union, Michael Linehan, moved to defend his delegates and insisted that the trolley was returned to Tesco this morning.
 
“If they want to let their hair down after working hours, then they can. They’re working long hours and nothing happened, the hotel staff just asked them to clean up the room this morning,” said Linehan, while also insisting that delegates from a number of different SU’s were involved.
 
“There was a good few at it alright. People were excited about the imminent election results and it was just a bit of a stress relief, and there was no harm in it.
 
“I’m not even sure how the trolley got up there to be honest. It was just a bit of craic bringing the trolley up to the room. No damage was done,” Linehan continued.