‘Shrek’ taunt sparks family row in pub but baffles judge

A judge has pleaded ignorance to the existence of the multibillion-euro green ogre Shrek after hearing that a taunt related to the character sparked a pub row between extended family members.

‘Shrek’ taunt sparks family   row  in pub but baffles judge

At Ennis District Court, a baffled Judge Patrick Durcan asked Insp Tom Kennedy: “Shrek? What does that mean? How do you spell that?”

Judge Durcan had just heard Rebecca Concannon, the accused, state that her uncle, Valentine Bane, told another man in her group in Crowley’s pub in Corofin: “Come on, Shrek.”

The alleged taunt ignited a row at the pub on September 16, 2012, that resulted in Rebecca Concannon, her sister Fiona Concannon, and Mr Bane’s girlfriend, Sharon McGrath, facing charges of assault.

Insp Kennedy informed Judge Durcan that Shrek “is a cartoon character”.

Judge Durcan had just heard Rebecca Concannon give evidence that Mr Bane was “gregging” in the pub all night.

Judge Durcan asked Insp Kennedy: “What’s gregging? Another example of Corofinese?”

Insp Kennedy said he had never heard the phrase before and that it must only be used in Corofin.

In the case, Fiona Concannon, of 9 Newtown, Corofin, was charged with assaulting her next-door neighbours and uncle, Valentine Bane and his girlfriend, Sharon McGrath.

Her sister, Rebecca Concannon, of 13 Radharc an tSeideain, Corofin, was charged with assaulting Sharon McGrath.

Ms McGrath, of 10 Newtown, Corofin, was accused by the State of assaulting Rebecca Concannon.

In evidence, Mr Bane gave a different version of events and stated that his niece, Fiona Concannon, came up to his girlfriend in the pub and told her: “Would you tell that prick of a boyfriend of yours to leave my mother alone?”

Mr Bane admitted that he doesn’t speak to his sister or her husband. Mr Bane said the two Concannons “made for Sharon McGrath and they were pulling at Sharon’s head. My partner was being pulled asunder.”

Both Concannons denied assaulting Ms McGrath. Independent witness and publican Colm Carey said Fiona Concannon was in the smoking room during the incident.

In his ruling, Judge Durcan said the evidence reveals “the most unseemly, most appalling and gross behaviour occurring in the pub”.

He said: “Nobody comes out of this prosecution smelling of roses other than the publican.”

Judge Durcan said that he would dismiss the charge against Fiona Concannon for the assault against Mr Bane as no evidence had been offered.

In relation to the outstanding charges, Judge Durcan said he would also dismiss the remaining assault charges.

He said: “I have been given two separate versions and it is impossible to decide which one is the more accurate so I have no alternative but to dismiss all charges against all defendants.”

However, Judge Durcan said he would bound to the peace for two years the two Concannon sisters, Ms McGrath, and Mr Bane, who did not face any charge.

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