Monday 27 January 2020

Chawke pub appeals award of €33,000 to Traveller family


Publican Charlie Chawke. Photo: Collins Courts
Publican Charlie Chawke. Photo: Collins Courts
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A company owned by prominent publican Charlie Chawke has lodged appeals against a court decision to award members of a Traveller family €33,000 for defamation.

The awards were made in favour of Freda, Patrick, Kathleen and Larry Connors over an incident in which they were refused service at one of Mr Chawke's Dublin pubs, the Old Orchard Inn in Rathfarnham, in September 2016.

The case, which hit the headlines last month, was describe by Circuit Court Judge John O'Connor as being "reminiscent of a dark period of Irish history that we thought was over".

But the Irish Independent has learned appeal papers were lodged by Mr Chawke's The Orchard Inn Ltd almost immediately after the hearing.

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The appeal is now set to be mentioned in the High Court on January 20 and is expected to be heard later this year.

"We have appealed," confirmed Mr Chawke, who said he was "confident" the decision of the Circuit Court would be overturned.

Irish Independent

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