Hotel scotch reports of Aussie players’ ‘booze-up’

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Some of the Australian players issue a 'War Cry' before the game against Ireland in Cavan on Saturday night, which they lost. Picture: Barry Cregg/SPORTSFILE
THE manager of Dromoland Castle has laughed off suggestions that the Australian International Rules team caused disruptions to guests of the hotel after a ‘boozy night out’ in Limerick on Sunday night.

THE manager of Dromoland Castle has laughed off suggestions that the Australian International Rules team caused disruptions to guests of the hotel after a ‘boozy night out’ in Limerick on Sunday night.

Mark Nolan, managing director of Dromoland told the Limerick Leader this Monday evening: “That absolutely blew completely out of proportion. There is absolutely nothing going on, I don’t know what the hell or where they even got the information from.”

The Age newspaper in Melbourne carried a prominent story on the incident on its website and print editions today, claiming that hotel staff asked the “hard partying players” to turn down music at 5am this Monday and that a vase was heard smashing, waking up hotel guests in the process.

“I don’t know what it is about, there is no issue and no statement,” laughed Mr Nolan when pressed about the incident in the hotel, which is located just 20 minutes drive from Limerick city and is among the most renowned in the region.

The Australian newspaper report suggested that several players from the team, who lost to Ireland on Saturday night and travelled by bus from Cavan to Dromoland on Sunday, went on a “boozy Sunday-night out at a nightclub in the town of Limerick”.

After returning to the hotel, the players continued to party into the early hours of Monday morning in a hotel room, with staff warning them twice to keep the noise down.

The players were subsequently reprimanded at a team meeting on Monday morning, the report added.