Pair sneaked into Aqua Dome for late-night dip

Two young men who crept into the Aqua Dome, one of the country’s largest indoor water parks three nights in a row for a late night swim were convicted of trespass yesterday and warned not to take such a dip again — or face jail.

Eric O’Shea, aged 21, of Lohercannon, Tralee, Co Kerry, had pleaded guilty to entering as a trespasser a building known as the Aqua Dome, on the Dan Spring Road, Tralee, on June 22, 23 and 24, 2015.

O’Shea, when charged, told Gardaí “I’m sorry, I was drunk.”

His co-accused Conor Walsh, aged 22 of Ballinorig South, Tralee, said he was sorry, when he was charged.

The court was told there was no theft involved.

The matter had been adjourned to yesterday’s sitting of Tralee District Court.

Solicitor for Walsh, Patrick Mann, said initially there had been some mention of burglary , but “all we did was get in by a side door and go swimming around inside late at night.”

“It was often heard of that the English aristocracy swam around late at night,” Mr Mann added.

However, Judge James O’Connor quipped: “But not in the Aqua Dome!”

“And perhaps not as well clothed as my client,” the solicitor countered.

Pa Daly, solicitor for O’Shea, said his client had “cleaned up his act” and was back at work in a chip shop.

Judge O’Connor convicted each man on two of the counts and fined them €250


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