Three accused in relation to violence and assaults at Killarney hotel receive suspended sentences

Three members of a family charged in relation to an outbreak of violent disorder and criminal damage at a Killarney hotel have received suspended sentences from the Circuit Court. Tralee courthouse2 The incident – which required the intervention of ten gardaí and during which two gardaí were assaulted – occurred at the Quality Hotel on Park Road on May 19th, 2013. The three accused – Patrick Dinan, Mary Dinan and Mary Anne Dinan, all with addresses in Mallow, Co. Cork – had pleaded guilty to the charges. The court heard that on May 19th, 2013, two family groups were celebrating in the Fusion Bar at the Quality Hotel, Killarney. One group included the three accused – Patrick, Mary and Mary Anne Dinan – who were attending the Confirmation of two relatives. Another group in the bar – members of the Caffrey family were celebrating a Christening. What the court was told was a dispute over the quality of two separate sing-songs escalated and rapidly descended into ‘utter pandemonium’ at about 1am. Bottles, glasses and ashtrays were thrown causing injury to staff members who were described by the judge as extremely brave in intervening. Two of the accused had to be pursued to their hotel bedrooms – during which Mary Anne Dinan had to be pepper-sprayed in the presence of a number of young children – in order to subdue her. Six gardaí were needed to restrain Patrick Dinan following his detention at Killarney Garda Station. His defence counsel said he had consumed ‘a lorry load of drink.’ Damage of €2,500 was caused to the hotel and the bar had to be closed to allow broken glass to be cleared up. Judge Tom O’Donnell imposed a number of sentences but suspended each of them for varying periods. The three accused apologised in court for what had occurred.