Three members of one family cause €2,500 of damage following a row over a sing-song at a Confirmation celebration
Hotelier shocked as three in bar brawl avoid jail
A hotelier has spoken of his "shock" at the handing down of suspended sentences to three people involved in a brawl at his hotel bar during which gardaí and staff were assaulted.
Aidan Moynihan was reacting to the sentencing of three members of the one family who caused €2,500 of damage following a row that had broken out over a sing-song at a Confirmation celebration.
Judge Thomas E O'Donnell sentenced each of them to two-and-a-half years in prison but suspended this for four years.
Mr Moynihan (43), who manages the Hotel Killarney in Co Kerry, which was formerly trading as the Quality Hotel, said he had never in his career witnessed anything so shocking.
"You can go in and wreck a hotel, you can violently assault members of staff and gardaí and you will not go to jail," he said. "There are people going to jail today for not paying a TV licence.
"I find that shocking and I don't think it's acceptable. I know it's a sentence but, honestly, I don't think it's enough."
Father-of-seven Patrick Dinan (40) and his wife Mary Dinan (42) of Forest View, Gouldshill, Mallow, Co Cork, and his sister, Mary Ann Dinan (22) of Seamus Murphy Place in Mallow, had all pleaded guilty to violent disorder at the Quality Hotel in Killarney on May 19, 2013.
Patrick Dinan, who has 71 previous convictions, also pleaded guilty to assaulting two gardaí and causing criminal damage.
His wife, Mary, pleaded guilty to assaulting two people and causing damage to property.
His sister, Mary Ann Dinan, also pleaded guilty to assault charges and causing criminal damage.
Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard a Confirmation celebration for two of the Dinans' children had turned into a massive brawl during which bottles and chairs were thrown and staff and gardaí assaulted.
The family had started a sing-song in the hotel bar when a row broke out between them and people at another table who had been celebrating a christening.
Prosecuting counsel, Tom Rice, said Mary Dinan and Mary Ann Dinan began throwing bottles and ashtrays and other items "at random".
The court heard the Dinans had consumed a "lorry load" of drink and the women, who had retreated to a bedroom, had to be pepper sprayed in front of the children to restrain them.