Two pubs in which patrons were present after hours each fined €200

A public house in Listowel in which gardaí found customers still present seven minutes after closing-time - on the night of the Revival music festival last August - was fined €200 at district court in the town on Thursday, April 4.

O'Connor's Public House - trading as Mike the Pie's - was before Judge David Waters who was informed by gardaí they had found 70 people on the premises at 2.40am on a night when closing time had been at 12.30am; with half-an-hour drinking-up time.

Solicitor Louis McDonough informed the court that the pub had had an exemption that night however, as the proprietor was a 'driving force' for the music festival Revival that had taken place earlier that day - on August 11 last year.

Mr McDonough said the exemption allowed for the serving of alcohol until 2am, with 2.30am the cut off time and that the inspection had been carried out at 2.37am.

"Staff were all outside the counter at that time." He said the pub had never come to attention before. "The premises has been in the family for well over a century...the State would agree that it is a very well run premises," Mr McDonough added.

Judge Waters imposed a €200 fine.

Ballinagare Tavern, trading as The Railway Bar, in Lixnaw was also fined €200 at the court.

Gardaí said they found 20 people on the premises at 1am on September 10 last year, with closing time that night at 11pm - patrons to be out by 11.30pm.

Gardaí said the excuse they were given was that a local GAA match had been on that day.

Solicitor Pat Enright said the match in question had been an All-Ireland camogie final involving Kerry, and one in which Lixnaw had played a central role being a 'heartland' of hurling, he informed the Judge. Ballinagare Tavern was also fined €200.