A roguish bachelor whom Kenmare ladies found irresistible was finding it very difficult to clear his pub, Kenmare District Court was told yesterday.
James O’Connor, aged 41, of O’Connor’s Bar, The Square, was before the court on allegations of serving drink after hours on two separate occasions last summer.
There were about 100 people on the premises when gardaí called at 1.50am — more than an hour after closing time — on June 2, 2014, Superintendent Flor Murphy outlined to the court.
Around 28 people were on his premises again after hours when gardaí called on the night of August 23/24, the court heard.
Judge James O’Connor said other bar owners who wanted exemptions to allow them carry on trading beyond the normal licensed hours paid €400 in stamp duty.
“They weren’t all consuming alcohol. There is a strong social aspect to the premises — there is a social attraction there in that my client is a bachelor and young women find him very attractive,” his solicitor Padraig O’Connell said, adding that his client was “a slight rogue”.
Judge James O’Connor replied: “Most of your clients are rogues.”
Kenmare Garda Sergeant Derek Fleming intervened and said: “The problem is he can’t get them [the public] out at night — the premises is beside the Square Pint nightclub and they wait in his bar until it is time to go there.”
The judge said the reason the sergeant put forward now explained why so many people would be in his premises in the middle of Kenmare town after closing time.
Gardaí withdrew the summons for the offence in August 2014, on a plea of guilty for the June bank holiday offence, Mr O’Connell said.
The judge convicted and fined O’Connor €200 on the June 2014 offence, with 10 days in default.
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