The High Court today awarded more than €42,000 in damages to a bride who claimed her wedding day was ruined after the ceiling at the hotel where their reception was taking place suddenly collapsed.
Joanne Noone claimed that what was supposed to be their most important day of her and her husband's lives was destroyed, when just as they were about to start their first dance the ceiling at the Setanta House Hotel in Celbridge gave way.
Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill said he was satisfied to award Joanne €42,350 in damages against the hotel as a result of the "serious effects" the ceiling collapse had on "her emotional wellbeing."
Joanne,the judge said, had suffered mild post-traumatic stress disorder, which was perfectly understandable given the exceptional circumstances of what happened on the day of her wedding.
Her marriage "did not get off to good start" and she and her husband cancelled their honeymoon to Italy as a result.
Ms Noone (aged 33) Laragh, Maynooth, Co Kildare brought personal injury action against Connotes Ltd, trading as Setanta House Hotel, Clane Road, Celbridge Co Kildare for the injuries she sustained at the hotel following the wedding on September 26, 2003.
She claimed the hotel was negligent in failing to ensure the premises was safe or maintained in a good and proper manner. It was further claimed that the defendant allowed the room to be used when it should have known that it was a danger and a hazard.
Liability in the action has been conceded and that matter was before Mr Justice O'Neill for assessment of damages only.
A number of others at the wedding, including the groom and the best man, have also brought proceedings against the hotel arising out of the incident. Those actions are pending and are due to be mentioned before the High Court on Wednesday.