Gardai observe sixty patrons in Limerick pub at 2.42am

GARDAI who raided a County Limerick pub at 2.42am observed in the region of 60 people on the premises a court has heard.

GARDAI who raided a County Limerick pub at 2.42am observed in the region of 60 people on the premises a court has heard.

Kilmallock court was told by the defendant’s solicitor that a 21st birthday party had taken place which “went on much longer than it should have”.

Joseph Kearns, 43, of Abbey Bar, Galbally was before the court charged with keeping open a premises for the sale of intoxicating liquor at the Abbey Bar, Galbally on November 20 last.

Superintendent Alan Cunningham of Bruff Garda Station told the court that on the date in question Garda Mary Louise Armstrong and a colleague inspected the premises at 2.42am and observed approximately 60 people present.

The court heard there were a number of full glasses of alcohol on the premises.

The court further heard that licensee was not present at the time.

Superintendent Cunningham told the court that the premises should have been cleared by 1am.

The serving of alcohol, he said, should have finished at 12.30 and there should have been a half an hours drinking up time.

The court heard that the defendant had two previous convictions including failing to admit a garda to a licensed premises.

Defence solicitor Brendan Gill told the court that there was a 21st birthday party on the night in question and the celebrations “went on much longer than they should have”.

“It is generally a well-run premises,” he said.

“The licensee wasn’t present on the night in question but he accepts full responsibility,” he added.

Mr Gill said his client cooperated with the gardai on the night and they did not have any difficulty gaining entry to the premises.

Judge Mary O’Halloran imposed a fine of €200.