Court told Limerick pub is not being run by licensee

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A PUBLICAN was fined €1,000 after he was convicted of several breaches of the licensing laws.

A PUBLICAN was fined €1,000 after he was convicted of several breaches of the licensing laws.

Joe Larkin, aged 31, of Rathjordan, Hertberstown, Co Limerick was prosecuted following a garda raid at the Irish House, Sports Bar on May 28, last.

Garda Sean O’Hagan said he and a number of colleagues called to the premises on Nicholas Street at 12.50am.

He told Limerick Court that loud music was still playing at the time and that there were more than 60 people on the premises.

“There were drinks at various levels of completion and the DJ was still playing music,” he said adding that the pub should have been closed by 11.30pm.

Garda O’Hagan said he also discovered a woman “at the back of the pub” who was so intoxicated and abusive that she had to be carried out.

During the proceedings, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told by solicitor Ted McCarthy that Mr Larkin was no longer involved in the running of the premises as the license had been transferred to a client of his.

Garda O’Hagan said he was aware there “may have been a falling out” between Mr O’Hagan and Mr McCarthy’s Client but he told the court the license was still in the name of the defendant.

Addressing Mr McCarthy, whose client was not before the court, Judge O’Kelly commented: “You are advising the court that somebody is running the pup who is not the license holder.”

He fined Mr Larkin €500 for keeping the pub open after hours on May 28, last; €250 for permitting drunkenness on the premises on the same night and €250 for selling alcohol at the premises outside of the permitted times.

He also ordered the endorsement of the liquor license.