On Tuesday, the staging of Killaloe District Court at the Brian Boru pub in Ballina for the first court appearance by air-rage offender and niece of Ralph Lauren, Jenny Lauren, 41, received worldwide attention.
The venue for Ms Lauren’s court appearance after her drink-fuelled breach of the peace on a New York-bound flight was subject to comment in media including the New York Post and Sydney Morning Herald.
At the court sitting, Ms Lauren sat only feet away from a bar containing Guinness and Heineken taps.
However, the Brian Boru’s days as a court venue may be numbered after the Courts Service confirmed yesterday that Killaloe is the only venue in Clare to be subject to a strategic review.
Brian Boru owner Michael O’Donovan said he had “an inkling” the Courts Service would carry out a review but he would be “disappointed” if court sittings were no longer held there. Mr O’Donovan said coverage of the Lauren case “has put the Brian Boru and Killaloe on the worldwide map and I would be hoping for extra business from Americans”.
A Courts Service spokesman said the review is likely to take place this year and is unconnected to publicity surrounding Ms Lauren’s court appearance.
TD Timmy Dooley said: “The image portrayed of Ireland this week as a result of the pub court sitting is regrettable and I hope that it acts as an impetus for the Courts Service to carry out an exhaustive trawl of buildings for an alternative court venue for Killaloe.”