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Courts may call time on pub sittings as Lauren bar becomes a global hit

Caroline Crawford and Gordon Deegan

Published 11/01/2014 | 02:30

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Jennifer Lauren earlier this week. Inset: The Brian Boru pub in Co Tipperary.

THE OWNER of a Co Tipperary pub that held the country's most high-profile court case this year has been inundated with calls from foreign media since news of his courtroom pub went global.

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Michael O'Donovan's 'Brian Boru on the Hill' bar in Ballina was thrust into the global spotlight after a court hearing into the Jennifer Lauren air rage incident took place in the function room.

However, the Courts Service may be about to call 'last orders' on court sittings in the premises, with a strategic review now being carried out.

A spokesman for the Courts Service said that the review was unconnected to the publicity that surrounded the Brian Boru hosting the court where Ms Lauren appeared.

Over the past two days, Mr O'Donovan has received a huge amount of interest from the world's media about the premises.

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"It's been mostly American journalists calling. They wanted to know about the pub itself. If it was a Shebeen or a hay barn," he explained.

The businessman said he had never anticipated such a level of interest in a court case held at the premises.

"The interest has been huge and we hope going forward it will lead to an increase in sales. We'd hope some American tourists might seek us out," he said.

Killaloe District Court has sat at the premises for the past two years. However, Mr O'Donovan fears the recent media attention may affect the ongoing review.

"It's already under review this year and because there has been a lot of media attention they might decide to pull it. It's their decision.

"Any agreement like this is vital to a small pub in rural Ireland, it makes a huge difference, so we're hoping it will continue on," he added.

Lauren (41), niece of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren, was fined €2,000 after admitting two charges of being intoxicated on board a flight from Barcelona to New York, and breaching the peace.

She returned to New York on Thursday, after three nights in Shannon -- one of them in a garda cell.

Irish Independent

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