A PUBLICAN who told a garda that he was "too busy" to show him his bar licence has been fined for serving out of hours.
Patrick Ring (48) of Peake, Coachford appeared in Macroom District Court last week charged with a number of offences arising from an incident at the Dew Drop Inn, Coachford in the early hours of Monday, July 30, 2012.
Garda Jonathan Coveney told the court that a mobile patrol observed "a large group of people" still in the bar at 2am, approximately 35 people.
He said the bar should have stopped serving at 11pm and have the premises cleared by 11:30pm.
Garda Coveney said he spoke to the defendant, who said he was "too busy" to show the garda the pub licence. Mr Ring also failed to bring it to Macroom Garda Station.
The court heard Mr Ring had 22 previous convictions including one for failing to admit Gardai to the premises.
His solicitor Michael Purcell said his client was hosting a 40th birthday party at the time and had "significant difficulty" in clearing the premises of the large numbers, and could not obtain taxis for the customers.
Mr Purcell said his client's licence was at his home a quarter mile down the road, and that with only one member of staff present he could not leave to get it. A subsequent attempt to produce the licence at Coachford Garda Station was unsuccessful as it was closed when he went there.
Judge James McNulty convicted Mr Ring on four charges and fined him a total of €1,000, endorsing his licence in the process..