Judge Leo Malone described the Christmas visit by the family as a “stealing mission”.
Defence solicitor William Harvey said the women were in poor financial circumstances and apologised for their actions.
Judge Malone said there were agencies there to cater for people in poor financial circumstances and that the four women were not justified in going into shops and stealing goods.
Mary Harty, aged 42, Rose Ann Harty, aged 30, and Johanna Byrnes, aged 34, all of 43 Lisheen Park, Patrickswell, Co Limerick, and Kathleen Byrnes, aged 30, of 9B Ballycummin Village, Co Limerick, all pleaded guilty to theft yesterday. They were caught at Penney’s on Patrick St on December 4.
Mary Harty got a six-month suspended sentence. Rose Ann Harty got a €500 fine. Kathleen Byrnes got six months suspended. Johanna Byrnes had sentencing adjourned until March 2 to allow for a probation report.