Cheerleaders lose cheer as judge orders silence
A CHEERLEADING club has lost its cheer after it was ordered by a court to operate with no noise.
Ace Cheerleading in Tuam Co Galway was brought to court by its neighbours who accused it of noise pollution.
Judge Geoffrey Browne ruled that all noise from the club was to cease, forcing the members to practise their cheers in silence.
During the civil court hearing, Pat Fahy, who is taking the case against the club along with his wife Marie, played a recording of the cheering to court, which he said he recorded from his garden beside the wall of the club.
He claimed that his family were no longer able to enjoy their garden as a result of the constant noise from the club seven days a week.
He added that it was also having an effect on his children as they attempted to study as the noise could be heard from the house.
Gerard McGinty, husband of Fiona Collumb who owns Ace Cheerleading, said no other neighbours complained to them.
The court also heard an allegation by the defendants that the noise only became an issue after Mr McGinty and Ms Collumb refused the Fahys' request for access via the property they were renting adjacent to the Fahys' back garden. This allegation was rejected by Mr Fahy.
The court heard that the club operates seven days a week until 10pm at night.
Judge Browne later asked for the recording to be played for a second time and commented: "Would anyone like to live beside that?"
Judge Browne gave the club owner, Fiona Collumb, leave to appeal the decision.
Speaking after the ruling Ms Collumb said she was in shock.
"This is going to have a huge impact on a small business.
"I teach between 120 and 140 kids and now I'll constantly be worrying about whether the gardai are going to knock on my door," she said.
Ms Collumb, who said she was now taking desperate measures to soundproof the building, added that she could not afford to have it done professionally.
"We are now asking all to save their egg cartons because years ago when I was a child that was what they used for sound proofing.
"We are going to have to cover the walls and the roof with them," she explained.