Judge gives Banagher publicans thumbs down

BANAGHER’S publicans have been given the thumbs down in plans to open for longer on the back of the upcoming Blue Breeze Festival.

BANAGHER’S publicans have been given the thumbs down in plans to open for longer on the back of the upcoming Blue Breeze Festival.

The publicans applied for extended hours to Portlaoise District Court last week as part of a Banagher Summer Festival. But Garda Inspector John Nolan objected to the application.

Insp Nolan said the event was separate from the Blue Breeze Music on Saturday, August 13 which already had been granted a licence. And he expressed doubts about the likelihood of the Banagher Summer Festival going ahead. He said just 250 of the 4,000 tickets had been sold.

Judge Gerard Haughton refused the application after being told by Solicitor Josephine Fitzpatrick that no Banagher publican was in court.