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Neknominate deaths a wakeup call - McColgan

Published: 3 February, 2014

Following the tragic deaths of two young Irish men attributed to the viral online drinking game, NekNomination, the Chairperson of Omagh District Council Marty McColgan has made an urgent appeal to the public to not partake in the online craze and to be responsible and safe when drinking alcohol.

Councillor McColgan said,

"Ireland has long suffered from record levels of alcohol and drug abuse, the online craze NekNomination which started quite innocently has become extremely dangerous, exacerbating these problems and now resulting in the tragic deaths of two young men, 19 year old Johnny Byrne from Carlow and Ross Cummins, 22 from Dublin. These deaths must act as a wakeup call."

"It involves participants filming themselves downing alcohol then nominating someone else to continue the game, with the pressure on the nominee to better the previous attempt. I would urge people to be responsible, not partake in the game and if nominated, break the link and not encourage what has become a dangerous and lethal online sensation."