Woman tells judge pub noise de­stroy­ing her life


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A BRAY woman told the District Court her life has been de­stroyed be­cause of loud mu­sic played at a lo­cal pub each week­end.

Now, the mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment li­cence, and the re­newal of the liquor li­cence at Chrissy D’s pub on the Vee­vay Road hangs in the bal­ance af­ter a judge said li­censees had a duty to run their premises qui­etly.

Dur­ing last week’s hear­ing, the direc­tors and man­ager of Chrissy D’s came un­der fire from two women who live within me­tres of the pub.

The court was told that live bands played each Satur­day and Sun­day night as well as pub bingo ses­sions on Thurs­days.

Mrs. Joan Thomp­son of O’Byrne Road told Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan he was her last hope as her ‘life has been de­stroyed’ by the loud mu­sic played in the pub each week­end.

Mrs. Thomp­son told the court that ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day night she is forced to turn the vol­ume of her T.V. up to the high­est deci­bel as the noise com­ing from the pub is so over­pow­er­ing.

‘All you can hear is the loud bang­ing from the drums and you can hear them an­nounc­ing the next band. I can’t hear the T.V. and then when I go to bed all I can hear is thump­ing through the walls,’ Mrs. Thomp­son told the court.

Mrs. Vi­o­let Do­ran who lives next to her sis­ter Mrs. Thomp­son also gave ev­i­dence against the pub.

‘The noise is dread­ful and it has my life de­stroyed. I work as a taxi driver dur­ing the day and I need my sleep but I know that I’m guar­an­teed not to get it ev­ery week­end be­cause of the noise com­ing from that pub,’ Mrs. Do­ran told the court.

She went on to say that just over a year ago she picked up a fare go­ing to Bally­brack and af­ter a short con­ver­sa­tion it emerged that the man was friends with one of the share­hold­ers of Chrissy D’s a Mr. Ge­orge Davis.

When the man re­alised that Mrs. Thomp­son had made com­plaints against the pub he told her that Ge­orge Davis has friends in high places.

Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan asked Mr. Goff a di­rec­tor of the pub how did this man know the woman had com­plained. He replied; ‘ I don’t know.’ In his clos­ing state­ment Judge Con­nel­lan told the court that the li­censee of a premises has the duty of run­ning a premises qui­etly and with the in­ter­est of the neigh­bours.

He put the mat­ter back to Novem­ber 17 to see if the mat­ter is re­solved by the own­ers of the pub.

‘If it is not re­solved I will refuse the mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment li­cence and I will also be con­sid­er­ing the re­newal of the liquor li­cence in light of other mat­ters that have come up to­day,’ con­cluded Judge Con­nel­lan.

Chrissy D’s pub on the Ve­vay Road.

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