A COURT has heard that sixty people were found inside Clem Smith’s Pub on the Dock Road when gardai called to the premises at 5.05 last Sunday morning.
Opposing an application for a special exemption for this Sunday night, Insp Derek Smart said three people were observed by smoking inside the pub and that till receipts showed alcohol had been sold minutes before gardai arrived.
Judge John O’Neill heard that eight taxis were also parked outside a side entrance to the pub at the time.
Solicitor John Herbert said his client - former Limerick Hurler Clem Smith - is out of the country at present.
He said there had been a surprise result in the county hurling championship on Saturday night and that supporters who went to the pub had “lost the run of themselves completely”.
Mr Herbert said it was the first incident of its kind relating to Mr Smith whom, he said, had assured him “nothing like it will ever occur again.”
After hearing the garda objection Judge O’Neill refused the application for a special exemption.
A decision relating to a number of other similar applications for the same premises were adjourned until next Tuesday to allow Clem Smith attend the court in person.