Model agency boss sues ex-rugby star's pub over fall
MODEL agency boss Celia Holman-Lee is suing Jerry Flannery's bar, which is run by the former Ireland rugby star, over an alleged fall in the pub.
Ms Holman-Lee claims she broke her right wrist as a result of a fall in Flannery's bar, a popular haunt for Munster rugby fans, on Catherine Street in Limerick city.
Ms Holman-Lee (62), the manager of the Holman-Lee Agency, also claimed she suffered other health problems as a result of her injuries and a loss of earnings as she was unable to work for some time.
Ms Holman-Lee said she initiated High Court proceedings reluctantly.
"This is not the easiest situation, that's for sure. I didn't want to go down this road, but I've thought long and hard about it," she said.
"I've never sued anyone in my life. I never needed to and I didn't want to. This is a sensitive case, but that's life. I have to work and make a living as well. As you get older you need all your strength."
Mr Flannery (34), who retired from rugby last year, is the sole shareholder of bar owners Flannery (Limerick) Ltd.
"To the best of my knowledge Celia has made a claim that she fell when she was in the bar but the insurance company are refusing to pay so it's going to court," said Mr Flannery.
Ms Holman-Lee said she went into the pub for a short period after a fashion show in early November 2011 to meet her husband Ger when she fell. She said she was not drinking at the time. The case has yet to come before the courts.
Ms Holman-Lee told the 'Limerick Leader': "If I don't have 100pc health constantly I don't earn a penny. I don't have any sick leave. If I can't work or do a job, I don't have a shilling."