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Barmen deny alcohol death charge

Two barmen have denied the manslaughter of a British man who died from acute alcohol intoxication almost three years ago.

A jury has been sworn in for the landmark prosecution against Gary Wright and Aidan Dalton in Co Tipperary.

The case - the first of its kind under liquor liability laws in Ireland - will be opened by the prosecution this afternoon.

Mr Wright, 34, a bar manager at the historic Hayes Hotel in Thurles, and Mr Dalton, a 29-year-old barman, pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of hotel guest Graham Parish.

Mr Parish, from Calder Terrace in Lomeshaye village near Nelson, east Lancashire, was a resident at the hotel when he died by acute alcohol intoxication.

Paddy McCarthy, senior counsel for the State at Nenagh Circuit Court, told the court the 26-year-old's body was discovered in the conference room shortly after 6am on the morning of July 1, 2008.

The dead man's parents, David and Julie, were in court for the case - which is expected to run until Friday or early next week.

The barmen, who are both from Kilfithmone, Borrisoleigh in Co Tipperary, each pleaded not guilty to a charge of unlawful killing before a jury was sworn in.

The co-accused were employed at the Hayes Hotel on Liberty Square in Thurles.

The historic building dates back to the 18th century and is the site where Ireland's Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded on November 1 1884.

An amateur organisation, it was set up to promote Irish culture, language and sports and now boosts thousands of affiliated clubs across Ireland and worldwide.