Numerous judgments against promoter of failed Killarney event

While the Killarney name adorns the failed festival which was due to be held in ‘the Kingdom’ this weekend, there was little Kerry involvement behind the scenes of the cancelled event.

Numerous judgments against promoter of failed Killarney event

The Dublin-based promoter behind the festival — who brought the event to Kerry after three consecutive years in Westport Co Mayo — has had a number of judgments made against his companies and was personally sued by comedian Mario Rosenstock.

Darryl Downey, a 48-year-old who is based in Dublin 4, is the director and sole shareholder of both Rag Lane Entertainment Ltd and Jarash Ltd.

The application for the licence for the Killarney festival was made by Jarash Ltd last April. In its application, it had asked for a capacity of up to 36,000 people at Killarney House Demesne. Earlier this week, the venue was changed to Killarney Racecourse.

The venue move did not prompt a new licence application, which indicated that the promoters were expecting a much lower attendance — events with a capacity of fewer than 5,000 people do not require a licence.

Gift Grub impressionist Mario Rosenstock, represented by his company Blue Elf Inc Ltd, brought High Court proceedings against Mr Downey last July and the court’s order was registered last March.

The High Court registered a judgment for €308,885.47 against Mr Downey, who was represented by ME Hanahoe Solicitors.

It is not the first six-figure settlement involving Mr Downey.

The Irish Music Rights Organisation, which is responsible for collecting licence fees for public music performances and the distribution of royalties brought a case against Rag Lane in 2011. On July 4, 2011 a judgment of €141,901 was registered against Rag Lane.

Last November Rag Lane had a judgment of €5,120 registered against it following proceedings brought by Mongey Systems, a company that hires out sound amplification and audio visual equipment to events and venues.

A case brought by the Collector General in 2010 saw a judgment of €8,377 brought against Rag Lane.

The most recent accounts for Jarash Ltd showed that the company had losses of €344,982 in the year to September 30, 2013.

Rag Lane’s accounts were last updated in July 2012.

A website, killarneyfest.com, which has no affiliation with the festival, has outlined details of the judgments against Mr Downey.

It is not apparent who is behind the website, which was created last February and updated earlier this month.

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