Lochside Garage

Publican is warned over late drinking

Main Street, Tempo 

A TEMPO publican has been warned if he is found to be serving alcohol after hours again he risks losing his liquor licence.
Rory Foy (28) of Claranagh Road, and licensee at the Milltown Manor in the village, appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to allowing alcohol to be consumed on the premises after hours, and to failing to produce his liquor licence to police.
Police called to the Milltown Manor at approximately 3.45am on Sunday, November 12 last, after receiving reports of noise coming from within. When the officers arrived the bar was open and they could hear talking and laughing within.
When the police entered the bar they found around 20 people drinking inside. They then spoke to Foy, who made full admissions under caution.
Defence solicitor Barry Lynam said Foy had taken over as licensee in July last year, and explained on the night in question there had been an engagement party on at the bar. Mr Lynam said Foy had not expected so many people to show up the function, and he’d had difficulty clearing them from the bar. The solicitor added Foy had now addressed this issue by ensuring more staff were working when functions were on.
Mr Lynam said the Milltown Manor was a rural bar in a small village that didn’t open until 6pm and relied mostly on weekend trade. Asking District Judge Nigel Broderick to give him a chance, he added that if “hard working and industrious” Foy was caught in violation of his liquor licence again he faced having it suspended for three years.
Judge Broderick fined Foy £500 and endorsed 15 points on his liquor licence. The judge warned Foy that as the licence holder he had responsibility it was adhered to, and said he faced losing the licence if he offended again.


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