People attending next week’s Munster Fleadh in Nenagh will be allowed to drink alcohol on the streets. The town’s publicans secured a series of late-night exemptions for the second weekend of the event at last Friday’s sitting of Nenagh District Court, with late opening on Thursday, July 16; Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18.
However, despite the Gardai having no objections they asked Judge Elizabeth MacGrath to impose one condition. People will not be allowed have glass bottles or drinking glasses on the streets. Only those using plastic bottles and glasses will be allowed on the streets and stewards will have to inform publicans if there are offenders.
Fleadh committee member Brian Boland told the court that between 10,000 and 15,000 people were expected in Nenagh for the Fleadh, which starts on July 12. There will be up to 20 stewards on the streets and the Munster Fleadh health and safety statement had been sent to publicans. The statement points out that glass containers will not be allowed outdoors.
The exemptions are confined to pubs within the old Nenagh Town Council area. The group application was made in the name of Martin Morris of the Hibernian Inn, who is chair of the local vintners’ association.