A mother of two who claims she injured her ribs when she was knocked down at an Ann Summers lingerie party has sued the pub where the event was held.
Sylvia Deehan, aged 46, of Maple Avenue, Ballybrack, Dublin, alleges she had been pushed by another woman who was striving to grab a prize, described in court “as a ring that goes around a certain part of a man”. The prize was thrown in the air by an Ann Summers rep in The Lough Inn at Loughlinstown, Co Dublin.
The alleged incident occurred as part of a ladies' night held in the public house prior to a performance by the ‘Hunks of Desire’ male stripper troupe.
Ms Deehan sued the pub owners Loughlinstown Inn Ltd, trading as the Lough Inn Public House, for damages. Her claim is denied.
The action came before Dublin Circuit Court last June, but was dismissed by Judge Jacqueline Linnane. Ms Deehan appealed that ruling to the High Court.
Yesterday at the opening of the appeal before Mr Justice Max Barrett, the court heard that prior to the strip show, Ms Deehan and a friend were one of several pairs who participated in a game which involved bursting balloons between their bodies.
Because Ms Deehan and her friend tied for first place with another couple, the Ann Summers rep allegedly threw the prize up in the air between them, she told her counsel Mark De Blacam.
Ms Deehan said as she went for the prize, she was shoved aside by another woman and fell against the leg of a loud-speaker, injuring her ribs. She said she was unable to breathe properly and was crouched over. Her sister took her to hospital that night, and she spent a fortnight in bed recovering from her injuries.
Under cross examination from Joe McGettigan, for the pub, Ms Deehan denied she had been asked to leave the pub by a member of staff that night.
She said she fell in the pub after being pushed and denied that any injuries she suffered happened as a result of an incident that occurred outside of the pub.
When it was put to her that many of those present that night did not see her fall, as she has claimed, she said it was “disgusting that people had told lies about me”.
She added she was “not a liar” and brought the appeal because of the lies said about her. She denied drinking ‘Jägerbomb’ cocktails before the show — adding she only had a pint and a half of lager to drink that night.
She denied that she tried to take a chicken curry meal, provided by the pub as part of the ladies’ night, from a waiter before it was Ms Deehan’s turn to be served. “I never did nothing to no curry,” she said.
Kim Henderson, a friend of Ms Deehan’s, told the court that she witnessed her friend fall and injure herself after the prize was thrown in the air.
When asked by Mr McGettigan if the prize was “big or small”, the court erupted into laughter.
Under cross-examination by Mr McGettigan, she admitted she was approached by the manager of the bar, which is her ‘local’, and signed a statement saying she did not see the alleged fall in the pub.
She said she also came under pressure from her husband not to go against the pub.
After she signed the statement, she said she felt sick and asked to withdraw it, but was told she could not.
The case continues and resumes early next week.
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