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Friday 23 August 2019

Bar run by hurling star Lar Corbett accused of a 'reckless publicity stunt' over drinks promotion

Former Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett. Photo: Liam Burke
Former Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett. Photo: Liam Burke
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

The bar run by All-Ireland winning Tipperary hurling star Lar Corbett is being accused of a reckless publicity stunt, after offering beer and vodka drinks for 99c.

Mr Corbett runs Lar Corbetts and Coppingers, in Thurles, which has advertised special deals for ‘black Friday,’ this week.

Among the promotional offers are pints of Guinness, Heineken and vodka Red Bulls for less than €1.

But it has sparked anger among responsible drinking campaigners. 

Drinkaware has raised concerns about the message it sends out.

“Drinks promotions like the so-called ‘black Friday’ at Lar Corbett’s Bar, in Thurles, have no place in our society," Niamh Gallagher, CEO of the advocacy group, said.

“This is a reckless publicity stunt, which actively encourages people to drink to excess in an extremely dangerous way,” she said.

She also raised the upcoming Public Health Alcohol Bill, which suggests new measures including minimum unit pricing to address the impact of alcohol misuse.

“It is concerning to see irresponsible promotions like this take place,” she said in context of the proposed law. “We urge people thinking of engaging with these campaigns or promotions to think again – the cost of alcohol may be cheap but that is nothing compared to the cost to physical and mental health both now and in the future.”

A flyer for the event at the bar urged people to share it with their friends on social media to win a free bar for the night.

“Bring a bus for a free bar,” the poster advertised, suggesting anyone who brought a bus full of friends could drink for free at the pub. 

It said the event would start and 10.30am and the pub would be giving out free food at 2pm.

It is the second year in a row the bar has run the promotion for black Friday, which was the name given to the Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the US, where retailers there offer significant price cuts.

In recent years, the event has been adopted by businesses on this side of the Atlantic. 

Mr Corbett had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing. 

His bar has been at the centre of a number of controversies in  recent years.

Earlier this month, it emerged Mr Corbett had been fined €250 after admitting allowing people to be on his licensed premises almost an hour after closing time.

Mr Corbett, who won All-Ireland senior hurling titles with Tipperary in 2001 and 2010, pleaded guilty to one count of a breach of the licensing laws when he appeared before Nenagh District Court.

There was a previous conviction for a similar offence, dating back to 2015.

In 2016 Marlstone Investments, Mr Corbett's company, was fined €1,500 in relation to 23 bottled of “counterfeit” vodka found there.

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