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article imagePub owner fined after Irish 'nuns' are caught drinking illegally

By Eileen Kersey     Feb 22, 2013 in Odd News
Listowel - A charity event in Listowel, Ireland, combined raising funds with a record-breaking attempt. The trouble began after pub closing-time when police raided the pub full of "nuns" illegally drinking.
Christy Walsh, who runs the bar in Listowel, County Kerry, was fined 700 euros (£605) after his pub was raided twice in one night, reports the BBC. The police raid discovered "nuns" being served alcohol on the premises and it was after closing time.
The pub had organized a charity event in which 1,436 adults dressed as nuns. As the BBC reports the men made a "holy show" of themselves at a GAA sports ground in the town.
The trouble did not occur until after the event when the publican served alcohol long after official licensing laws allow. A police raid discovered a pub full of "nuns" who were definitely the "worse for wear."
The charity event, dubbed a Nunday was held in Listowel on June 30, 2012. Guinness Book of Records officials attended the daytime event, held at the local GAA sports ground. The participants, all dressed as nuns, wanted to break a previous record and they did just that. Adjudicators ensured the nuns were all properly dressed right down to their footwear. The participants set a new record for the "largest gathering of people dressed as nuns."
The problems happened after the event, as some of the nuns celebrated. At 01:45 BST police raided the pub and caught 30 nuns consuming alcohol. During a second raid at 04:10 BST 21 "sisters" were still in the bar.
When the second raid happened the publican was not on the premises. He was acting as an unofficial, volunteer "cabbie." Listowel is a small community and there are few taxis available.
Pub owner Christy is not fazed by the fine. He has vowed to continue raising money for charity. The event raised 26,000 euros or £22,500 for a worthy cause. It was staged to raise awareness and funds for Pieta House, a suicide and self-harm awareness charity.
Before readers worry what local priests made of the event please rest assured. A local convent and priest were consulted before it was decided to hold a Nunday. Their blessings were given and the event was taken in the right spirit, one of fun.
Perhaps the after-time drinking meant that the good spirit went a little too far.
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