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Stout of order Residents shocked after notorious Galway pub gets licence back

Local residents were so fed up of trouble associated with the pub that they burst into applause at a court hearing last year when the pub’s licence was withdrawn.

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The Lantern in Galway city had its licence withdrawn in court last year

The Lantern in Galway city had its licence withdrawn in court last year

The Lantern in Galway city had its licence withdrawn in court last year

Residents living beside Galway’s most notorious pub were shocked this week after it got its licence back despite a long history of trouble at the premises.

The Lantern in Ballybane set records for the number of times gardai were called there last year with 31 serious incidents over the space of less than nine months.

These included assaults, mass brawls, underage drinking as well as a full-blown melee at a christening party that got so “out of control” staff fled the premises.

Local residents were so fed up of trouble associated with the pub that they burst into applause at a court hearing last year when the pub’s licence was withdrawn.

However, the pub was granted a renewed liquor licence on appeal at a Galway Circuit Court earlier this month in order to allow owner Mary Lydon to sell it on.

It has not been open this year and the Lydon family say a new buyer has been identified and the licence will be transferred to them once the sale goes through.

The trouble at the pub occurred when it was leased for a number of years by the Lydons to businessman Danny Kenny through his firm Kingu Kongu.

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The Lantern in Galway city had its licence withdrawn in court last year

The Lantern in Galway city had its licence withdrawn in court last year

The Lantern in Galway city had its licence withdrawn in court last year

Mr Kenny surrendered the lease last year and said he wouldn’t be involved in running the pub again.

He told the Sunday World he is happy the Lydons have the licence back.

He said he didn’t want to discuss the trouble that occurred at the pub when he held the licence.

“To be honest with you the company is liquidated and I’d rather not talk about it.

“Listen, like I said it was run on a day-to-day basis by another gentleman and to be honest I’d rather not comment on it. It is what it is now. I’m only happy that the Lydons got the licence back.”

Kenny was previously given a suspended sentence after being convicted of running a shebeen which allowed people to drink all they wanted for €30 until 7am.

And in a separate case, he was fined after being convicted of employing an African woman without a work permit in a lap dancing club he managed.

Local councillor Noel Larkin told the Sunday World that residents’ lives were made a misery by the anti-social behaviour at The Lantern. He said that while it was a well-run pub years ago it “descended into chaos” when Kenny took the lease.

“The problems started earlier on when Mrs Lydon let it to Danny Kenny. He didn’t run a good place there. He let a lot of undesirables in and there were a lot of rows breaking out.

“Unfortunately a lot of trouble spilled out on the street. That pub is right in the middle of a residential area.”

He said a lot of locals have contacted him in recent days fearful that the pub will return to being a hotspot for anti-social behaviour.

But he added that residents will have no problem if it returns to being a well-run establishment.

“The residents are not anti-business. If it’s well-run it’s no problem.”

Sunday World


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