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'Dirty Dancing' clubber (33) sues Coppers over fall


Ciara O'Connell (right) with her sister Bronagh (left). Photo: Courtpix

Ciara O'Connell (right) with her sister Bronagh (left). Photo: Courtpix

Ciara O'Connell (right) with her sister Bronagh (left). Photo: Courtpix

A WOMAN who allegedly fell in Copper Face Jacks while re-enacting a scene from the film Dirty Dancing has sued the nightclub for damages.

Ciara O'Connell (33) was allegedly dancing backwards to a song by Shakira with a colleague when the accident occurred at the nightclub in Harcourt Street, Dublin.

Ms O'Connell of Glenview Park, Tallaght, Dublin, denied at the High Court that she was engaged in reckless dancing in the nightclub.

She had to have two operations since the accident in the early hours of August 4, 2006, and has been left with scarring, the court heard.

She has sued Breanagh Catering Ltd, trading as Copper Face Jacks, which denies her claims and says she was engaged in dangerous and reckless dancing with her work colleague, Noel Humphries.

She has claimed Mr Humphries slipped on the floor, which she has alleged was wet, and fell on to her causing her to fall to the ground.

Opening the case, Conleth Bradley, for Ms O'Connell, said the dispute in the case is whether the floor was wet or not.

Ms O'Connell told the court she and her work colleagues were on a night out and had met for a drink before going to the nightclub. She said they were dancing in a group when Mr Humphries fell on top of her and she fell with her arm bent at a strange angle.

She said she was just dancing and having a good night out with colleagues.


Mr Humphries later told her he had slipped and he had pulled her down, she said.

Her colleagues told her the floor was wet but she did not recall if it was wet.

When counsel for the club put it to Ms O'Connell that she had been dancing in a Dirty Dancing manner, and that Mr Humphries had leaned back too far and fell over, Ms O'Connell said it felt like he had slipped and fallen back.

The case continues.