Man died after 10-shot party trick
Published 04/05/2011 | 17:01
A hotel guest downed up to ten shots of spirits in one glass for a party trick before he died from acute alcohol poisoning, a court heard today.
British man Graham Parish was celebrating his 26th birthday when he slumped off his bar stool in the Hayes Hotel in Thurles, Co Tipperary on June 30, 2008.
He was carried from the bar to a conference room where he was found, with vomit on his face, by a night porter at 6.15am the following morning.
Bar manager Gary Wright and barman Aidan Dalton have both denied the manslaughter of Mr Parish, from Calder Terrace in Lomeshaye, near Nelson, east Lancashire.
The case is the first of its kind under liquor liability laws in Ireland.
Paddy McCarthy, senior counsel for the State, told a jury at Nenagh Circuit Court the pair were accused of gross negligence that caused the death of Mr Parish.
"The final drink served by the barman and okayed by the manager was eight to ten spirits in a pint glass," he said.
The dead man's parents David and Julie and sister Jess bowed their heads as Mr McCarthy said Mr Parish died from acute alcohol poisoning.
The barrister said Mr Parish - who was working in the area with colleagues - had been drinking Guinness for more than three hours before one vodka shot was put in his pint which he drank in one go. Two vodka shots were put in another pint he drank, he added.
Mr McCarthy said: "Some competition went on and he (Mr Parish) said he could down ten spirits in a pint glass before his colleagues could down their pint.
"The barman filled it up, asked the manager and the manager gave the ok for the purpose of serving it.
"He downed the drink in one go."
Mr Parish, a father of two, was employed by Reliant Installations Ltd in Skipton, North Yorkshire. He had arrived in Thurles on the afternoon of June 30 2008 for a job at Dew Valley Foods Ltd in Thurles.