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Mum-of-two bursting balloon against pal's body at lingerie party loses broken rib claim

A MOTHER of two who claimed she broke a rib when she was knocked down at an Ann Summers lingerie party has lost a €38,000 claim against the pub where the party was held.

Sylvia Deehan (44), of Maple Avenue, Ballybrack, Dublin, alleged she had been pushed by another woman who was striving to grab gifts tossed in the air by an Ann Summers representative in The Lough Inn pub at Loughlinstown, Co Dublin.


She told the Circuit Civil Court that, just prior to a strip show, she and a friend, Kim Kane, had been bursting balloons between their bodies and, although they won the game, the Ann Summers lady decided to throw gifts towards them as well as the runners-up.

Ms Deehan said she had been shoved aside and had fallen against the leg of a loud speaker, breaking a rib.

She had been in agony afterwards, but wanted her friend to enjoy the rest of the show.

She texted her sister to collect her and take her to hospital. She spent a fortnight in bed because of her injuries.

Barrister Conor Kearney told her it seemed odd that none of the staff had seen her fall and that she had not reported it to anyone.


She denied she had been asked to leave the party because she had become boisterous.

Pub manager Leigh Murphy, daughter of the pub owner Christy Murphy, told Mr Kearney she had watched CCTV footage of the evening and nowhere could she see Ms Deehan fall. Unfortunately the footage had since been copied over.

Ms Murphy said she had visited the home of Ms Deehan's friend, Kim Kane, to take a signed statement from her.

In it, Ms Kane said she had not seen her friend fall.

Ms Kane had later sought to retract the statement.


Ms Kane told the court she made the statement because her now ex-husband had pressured her not to become involved in Ms Deehan's claim because he feared he would be barred from the pub, his local.

She had seen Ms Deehan fall at the party, she insisted.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane, dismissing Ms Deehan's claim with costs against her, said there had been a direct conflict of evidence.

The judge said she preferred the evidence of witnesses for the publican, who claimed Ms Deehan had been boisterous and had been asked to leave the party.