Woman tells judge pub noise destroying her life
COMPLAINTS MADE JUDGE WARNS OWNERS TO RESOLVE MATTER
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.