THE liquor license of Limerick’s biggest nightclub has been renewed despite claims from a man that he has been “arbitrarily and unfairly” banned from the club for the past two years.
At an adjourned sitting of the annual licensing court, John McMahon objected to the renewal of the license for the Icon nightclub and Smyths bar on Demark Street.
The 30-year-old, who is studying computer science, told the court that he used to attend the club on a regular basis before he emigrated to Australia in 2008. He said since he returned to Limerick last year he has been refused access on a number of occasions.
The manager of the nightclub told the court he had taken the decision to ban Mr McMahon as he had previously tried to gain entry while in the company of two individuals “who were definitely known to the gardai”.
The manager said the club, which employs more than 100 people is well run and that it has never had any problems with gardai.
“Nobody is turned away unless there is a reason,” he said.
Insp Jerry Horan told the court there was no garda objection to the renewal of the license and Judge Eamon O’Brien dismissed the objection.