A COUNTY Limerick publican was in the process of filling two glasses of spirits at 4.15am – almost five hours after closing time - when gardai raided the bar.
Derry O’Meara, 61, of 6 Brackvoan, Bruff, who is the proprietor of Derry’s Bar, Main Street, Bruff pleaded guilty to allowing customers on his premises after hours under the licensing laws.
Mr O’Meara’s solicitor, Audrey Browne, said the weather was extremely bad on that night and the town was very busy because Bruff were involved in a county final earlier that day.
Supt Tom Lundon said at 4.15 am on Monday, November 22, Garda John Finnerty and Garda Christopher Cowen entered the bar through an open side door.
“There were five people including the proprietor who was filling two glasses of spirits. All the customers had full drinks in front of them and were intoxicated,” said Supt Lundon.
The superintendent told Kilmallock District Court closing on time Sunday, November 21 was 11.30pm.
Ms Browne said Bruff were involved in a county under 21 premier football final that day and there were a lot of people in Bruff.
“The weather was extremely bad. The customers were waiting for taxis and being a Sunday night there was a severe shortage of taxis,” said Ms Browne, who added that Mr O’Meara had apologised to Supt Lundon.
Ms Browne said that in her client’s 13 years as a publican he hadn’t come to Garda notice before and had no previous convictions. In hindsight, Ms Browne said Mr O’Meara should have put the customers out in the rain.
Judge Mary O’Halloran said the lateness of the hour was “remarkable” and fined Mr O’Meara €400.