Publican fined €500 for after hours trading
A PUBLICAN was fined €500 for allowing drink to be consumed on his premises after hours by Judge David Waters at Listowel District Court on Thursday.
Gardaí said they witnessed 10 people still drinking inside Tomáisín’s Bar in Lisselton at 1.45am on the date in question. They spoke to the publican Jackie Hegarty who informed them that there had been an event for a cancer charity and that people were ‘finishing up’.
Solicitor Ann Keane said her client had learned a ‘very hard lesson’, describing him as a very popular member of the Ballydonoghue community and his bar as an extremely important focal point for events in the small parish. She said that cancer-related causes were very close to his heart, having lost his mother to the disease some years ago.
“Mr Hegarty’s father also derives his income from this premises, which is their bread and butter,” Ms Keane told Judge Waters. The Judge imposed a fine of €500, remarking that publicans trading after hours do so at the advantage of colleagues paying for exemptions to sell drink lawfully after regular closing hours.