Friday 30 September 2016

Irish fans force Irish pub in Bordeaux to stop serving pints as coolers overheat

Cathal McMahon

Published 16/06/2016 | 22:38

Irish fans congregate at The Connemara Irish Pub in the picturesque French city of Bordeaux ahead of the Republic's match against Belgium on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016 IrelandConnemara. Photo credit should read: Catherine Wylie/PA Wire
Irish fans congregate at The Connemara Irish Pub in the picturesque French city of Bordeaux ahead of the Republic's match against Belgium on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016 IrelandConnemara. Photo credit should read: Catherine Wylie/PA Wire
Irish fans congregate at The Connemara Irish Pub in the picturesque French city of Bordeaux ahead of the Republic's match against Belgium on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016 IrelandConnemara. Photo credit should read: Catherine Wylie/PA Wire

A pub in Bordeaux where Irish fans were congregating was forced to stop serving tonight because they "couldn't pour any more drinks".

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Patrick Jackson, bar manager at the Connemara Irish pub on Cours Albert in the city, said some customers were getting "a bit rowdy".

"A decision was made to stop serving drinks between 9.30pm and 11.30pm.

"We pulled so many pints during the day that the coolers, they started to get warm. It was non-stop for nine hours.

"Now they are getting warm.

"And also it was getting a bit rowdy."

But good news for Irish fans in the area is that they will be serving again from 11.30pm.

Outside the bar around 500 fans had congregated by around 9.30pm.

A number of those there were drinking bottles and cans bought in a nearby off-licence.

Mr Jackson explained that the atmosphere had calmed down shortly after they stopped serving.

"All the stupid people are starting to leave and we are keeping the good crowd."

He continued: "The people who were making troubles are starting to leave.

"Sometimes you have situations where you have a line and if people cross that line you don't go back. You have to make sure you stop before that happens."

Asked if people got angry when he introduced the two hour booze ban Mr Jackson said "no".

"They took it in a good way they have been here for nine hours so they can take a break.

"It's not like we are calling a day, just a small break."

Gardaí, who are based in France for the duration of the tournament, visited the bar and the area around it earlier.

They are expecting up to 1,000 fans to show up on the street, which has been closed off by police, tomorrow.

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