'Friends and relations' still in bar at 3.47am

A Listowel publican was fined €200 for allowing people on her premises more than three hours after closing time one night.

Marina Cahill, The Tankers Bar, 8 Upper William Street, pleaded guilty to the offence at Listowel District Court on Thursday before Judge David Waters.

Gardaí explained that they had carried out an inspection of the premises at 3.47 am on September 1 of last year, finding more than 15 people present.

They explained that closing time on the night had been at 12.30am, with a drinking-up time of half-an-hour until 1am.

Solicitor Pat Enright told the Court that it was a case of 'friends and relations' still being present.

He said that his client was 'extremely nervous' over the case coming before the Court and that the Tanker's Bar was 'generally a well-run premises'.

Judge David Waters imposed a conviction and fine of €200 for the offence.