Saturday 24 March 2018

Men guilty of running shebeen -- complete with pool table

Mark Kennedy

The shebeen in Woodenbridge, Avoca, Co Wicklow. Top, Kieran Morgan (left) and Gerry Canavan at Arklow District Court. Garry O'Neill

TWO men have been found guilty of operating an illegal shebeen.

Gerry Canavan (56), of Templeusk, Avoca -- owner of the shebeen -- and Kieran Morgan (39), of The Chalet, Templeusk, Co Wicklow, had both pleaded not guilty to charges of trading without a licence last year.

Canavan and Morgan -- who was a tenant living at The Chalet, Templeusk -- were both found guilty at Arklow District Court of selling drink at the shebeen on June 25, 2010.

The court had earlier heard that items, including alcohol, were seized by gardai and subsequently brought to the court in a lorry.

Around €4,000 of alcohol was bought from a wholesaler in Carlow and paid for by credit card.

Convicting the two defendants, Judge Murrough Connellan said the shebeen looked like a public house, rather than a home, with all the facilities one would associate with a pub, including a pool table, juke box and darts board.

The only difference was that it had a box on the wall to make donations. The judge said he had no doubt that the owner would not provide drink to people unless a donation was made.

After convicting both defendants, the judge adjourned sentencing until next Wednesday, May 25.

Irish Independent

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