A KINSALE publican was convicted and fined €350 after gardai came across an Ann Summers party in his bar, with drink being served, on Good Friday.
James Casey of Casey’s Bar, Market Street, Kinsale pleaded guilty at a recent sitting of Bandon District Court to the charge of allowing people to be on his premises on Good Friday.
Gda Colin O’Mahony of Kinsale Garda Station told the court that at 11.23pm on April 14th, following an inspection of Casey’s Bar on Market St, he found nine women at the counter of the bar with fresh pints of beer and glasses of wine and they told him they were having an Ann Summers private party.
Gda O’Mahony said the defendant, who is leasing the bar, was not there on the night. When Gda O’Mahony did make contact with Mr Casey, he said that a private party was to be held upstairs and that there were no plans to serve drink at it.
Solicitor Brian Long said one of the women found in the bar took responsibility and that the other women were given an ‘adult caution’ for the offence. ‘She was a staff member who had wanted to use the function room and my client consented to the use, but not to alcohol being served,’ said Mr Long.
‘His judgement of allowing the premises to be used was impaired and he was extremely annoyed at what had happened and took disciplinary action against his employee. She has got her job back now, but she’s learned her lesson,’ he added.
Mr Long explained that his client exercised ‘poor judgement’ and that he didn’t expect alcohol to be served that night. ‘He’s leasing the premises there and has three years left on the lease, and he has taken the matter seriously.’
Insp Pat Meany said the defendant has one previous conviction from last year for a similar offence in a separate premises in Clonakilty. However, Mr Long said the Kinsale case was a different set of circumstances to the Clonakilty one, as they went against his instructions in drinking on the premises that Good Friday.
Judge Mary Dorgan said due to the previous conviction she had to convict. Recognisances in the event of an appeal was fixed in the defendant’s own bond of €100.