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Publican drove patrons home in his pyjamas 27.10.11

A BUNCRANA publican had to drive patrons home in his pyjamas after being called out of bed by his barman who couldn't get them to leave the premises, the local court heard.
Seamus Doherty admitted having customers after-hours on his premises, Hutton's, on Monday, April 4, last at 2.45am.
He told the local court he got a phonecall from his bar man while asleep in bed at 1.15am. He was told there were a group of up to 16 Travellers on the premises who wouldn't leave because they couldn't get taxis.
Mr Doherty said he drove to his bar on the Main Street and proceeded driving the patrons home to various locations around the town in his small van.
On his "third or fourth" return to the premises he met Gardai who "read the riot act on me". Mr Doherty, represented by Ciaran MacLochlainn, told Judge Paul Kelly that he was the third generation of the family to run Hutton's. The bar had no previous convictions. "We try to run our house well," he said. Judge Kelly asked why, with closing time being 11pm on Sundays, the bar man left it as late as 1.15am to call him. Why did he not call the Gardai if he was having difficulties with patrons, asked the judge. Mr Doherty said he didn't know. Judge Kelly said bar staff would in future have to enforce the closing times more rigorously. He spared the local publican a conviction and told him to donate 250 to the local St Vincent de Paul shop. Mr Doherty produced a receipt within a short time and received the benefit of the Probation Act.
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