Drunk student banned from pubs for attack

Andrew Phelan

A TOURISM student has been banned from entering all licensed premises for six months after she was arrested for smashing a pub door with her shoes.

Kirsty O'Reilly (22) was also given a one-month suspended sentence when she admitted charges arising from that incident, as well as an episode in which she was among a group of women in a street brawl.

Judge Alan Mitchell imposed the suspended sentence and exclusion order after hearing that she could not deal with alcohol "particularly vodka".

O'Reilly of Abbotstown Avenue, Finglas, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace at Nassau Street on October 26, 2012, and again at Main Street, Blanchardstown, on November 17 last year.

She also admitted public drunkenness and causing criminal damage.

Dublin District Court heard gardai came across a large crowd in which a number of women were fighting on Nassau Street at 2.50am.

The fight that was in progress was blocking traffic.

The accused was one of two women who refused to calm down. She continued fighting and was extremely aggressive.


In the second incident on November 17, gardai received a call that a group of women were fighting in the Greyhound Bar in Blanchardstown. When they arrived, they found the defendant lying on the ground.

The manager told the officers that O'Reilly had been fighting and when she was ejected, she smashed the front door with her shoes, causing €200 worth of damage.

The court heard the accused had eight previous convictions.

O'Reilly accepted that both incidents were serious.

"Ms O'Reilly now knows that there is one thing she cannot take and that is alcohol, particularly vodka", her solicitor Alice O'Reilly said.

The defendant was working part time in sales and was attending full-time studies on a course in tourism.

Judge Mitchell convicted her and fined her €100 on one of the breach of the peace charges. On the second, and on the criminal damage charge, he imposed concurrent one-month suspended sentences.

The judge then said he was imposing an exclusion order banning the defendant from all premises that serve alcohol.