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Owner of pub agrees to keep the noise down

The owner of a pub in Athenry has agreed to soundproof the premises following complaints from neighbours about noise.

The neighbours had lodged an objection to Kevin Kelly’s application to renew his publican’s licence for Dan’s Bar on North Gate Street, Athenry following the opening of a function room upstairs.

Gearóid Geraghty, representing Mr Kelly in the civil matter before Loughrea District Court, told Judge James Faughnan that his client had carried out some soundproofing adding that he had not held any music events on the premises since the complaint had been lodged.

In fact, apart from two pub quizzes being held this month — one last week and another this on March 23, that area was not being used.

Mr Geraghty pointed out that it would cost a total of €126,000 to completely soundproof the premises, which was money his client did not have. Mr Kelly had already spent €18,000 trying to resolve the issues.

Judge Faughnan insisted that both parties come to an agreement before the end of the court sitting, adding that there were simple steps that could be taken.

“He caused it, so it’s his problem. It’s a nuisance,” added the Judge.

Mr Geraghty said that there had been breaches unintended by his client and he was more than happy to come to an agreement with the complainants.

Judge Faughnan warned that Mr Kelly had now given an undertaking to the court and that any breach would be a breach of a court order.


Source: Connacht Tribune



Noise from Pub

The Town House (pictured) on King Street has been the subject of 15 noise complaints in the last 12 months — all from a single occupant living above and their father.

Dundee City Council’s licensing board reviewed the bar’s entertainment licence at a meeting.

A local authority licensing standards officer said management had shown a “total disregard” for the licence and that its conditions had been breached.

However, the board deferred a decision until August to allow licensee Moira Fairfield to plan and install sound insulation.

In a direct plea to the board, John Muir, representing Ms Fairfield, said Dundee was at risk of “turning into Sleepy Hollow” if pubs were prevented from entertaining customers.

He said: “All of these complaints come from one tenant who was warned that there would be disturbance.

“My client has obtained an acoustic engineer’s report and will sort out the work to install insulation, which will take five days and cost £22,000. The owner would be happy to assist the tenant with removal costs.

“Almost a year on, the tenant is still there making complaints and my client feels she is being harassed.”

City council leader councillor John Alexander asked about a potential timescale in which the works would be done.

In response, Mr Muir said that would likely depend on when the tenant was happy to move out as the work would involve ripping up floorboards.

The works could also involve a building warrant.

Mr Muir said that without a music licence the pub was likely to close, adding: “Without the music licence this pub will cease to exist. Without that it’s finished. It’s not hyperbole.

“It’s disgusting to see the number of empty pubs in Dundee. It’s a difficult trade at the moment.

“If you want to live in the city centre, in a vibrant city, you’re going to have to expect a certain amount of noise.”

Ms Fairfield told the Tele after the meeting she was hoping the works would be completed in the next four weeks.

She added: “When I want something done, it will get done.”