Judge refuses Garda objections and grants Donegal nightclub a Christmas night license

first_imgA Judge has saved Christmas for hundreds of revelers after he granted a premises the only drinks license for Donegal for Christmas night.The Limelight Nightclub in Glenties had been refused the license to open at a minute past midnight in the early hours of December 26th. It followed objections by Gardai who claimed the venue would become a magnet for hundreds of drunken festive party-goers from counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.Garda Superintendent Colin Nevin said if the license was granted, his officers would come under severe pressure with the arrival of ‘boy racers’ into the town as well as people urinating on the streets.He said if there were arrests, other officers would have to be called in from other areas.However, a Judge has dramatically granted the exemption for the license which will allow up to 1,600 seasonal socialisers to party from 12.01am until 2.30am on December 26th.Judge John Aylmer heard at Letterkenny Circuit Court how the Limelight could cater for up to 1,600 people on Christmas night.Owner and well-known rally driver Declan Boyle said Christmas night was always a traditional night for socialising in the town and that pubs and clubs had suffered badly during the recession.He said there was a tradition in the area of people meeting up on Christmas night.“That is the tradition. The Limelight in Glenties always got the crowd. We need to try and get it back,” he said.Judge Aylmer was told that Christmas night exemptions had not been granted anywhere in Donegal since 2012 after Garda Superintendents in the four local districts said there was too much anti-social behaviour on the night.Local resident Donal McLoone, who lives directly across from the nightclub, said he simply could not sleep on Christmas night and either could other neighbours if a license was granted.He told how his father, who lived nearby, was in his 80s and did not enjoy good health and that the noise in the street from revelers would last until 5am.As well as people urinating in the street, he claimed they will be blowing horns on their cars, banging doors and sitting on window ledges outside their homes.He pointed to the fact that the Limelight had been granted nine other exemptions over the festive season.“I feel we’re entitled to a bit of fair play rather than being prisoners on Christmas night from 10pm until 5am,” he said.After reviewing the case, Judge Aylmer said he had every sympathy for residents and for the Gardai.However, he said that as a matter of law it would be wrong, given the law provides an entitlement that the premises can apply for this type of order for the early hours of December 26th.He said the Limelight had a very good record and was well-managed and he granted the exemption with a number of strict conditions.These included that the event was not to be advertised other than word of mouth, that a total of 16 security staff be employed and that three of these be dedicated to guard the three houses beside the nightclub on the evening.Judge refuses Garda objections and grants Donegal nightclub a Christmas night license was last modified: December 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmascourtdonegalexemptionlicenselimelightnightclublast_img read more

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first_img*All prices are subject to 10% service charge. Food items are served on rotation basis. Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong’s all-day dining restaurant, The Place, has made a comeback after a two-month makeover in the heart of Kowloon.With a fresh new look in tones of light oak, herringbone patterns and pops of lime and white, the 8600sqf restaurant has turned into an airy dining space offering foodies a variety of popular buffets, its classic all-day à la carte menu, a new wellness afternoon tea, plus grab-and-go choices.Lattice screens separate The Place from the lobby where shiny buckets of seafood sit atop fresh ice along its three-metre Seafood Bar, spotlighted by drop-down pendant lights. Knotted white ropes line the bar to bring out a fishermens catch of the day appeal, and tastes of the sea offer freshly shucked seasonal oyster varieties, Boston lobster, whelks, mussels, crayfish, prawns and Canadian crab.At the live stations, The Place’s chefs serve up foie gras à la minute, paella, Bouillabaisse, Raclette and lobster, with Staub cast-iron pots in vibrant shades of red, mustard and green inviting guests back for seconds.At the Japanese station, Temaki sushi, hand roll cones and fresh sashimi are a must, and the new hammer coppered Tandoor combines Indian culinary theatre with aromatic breads, tandoori and skewered kebabs.For a sweet finish, The Place’s dessert station, now double in size, is the first in Hong Kong to offer a Chocolate Series of Valrhona’s Single-Origin Chocolate that uses cocoa beans from a single source or plantation from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Grenada, Madagascar and Venezuela.Other desserts include baked Alaska, éclairs, fresh churros, as well as the freshly crèpes, lava cake and soufflés.For afternoon tea goers, The Place’s new wellness afternoon tea will be served on weekdays including freshly-squeezed juices, organic teas and sandwiches for the health-conscious guests. Over the weekend, the afternoon tea buffet makes its comeback for a relaxing way to spend the day.Styled by the award-winning team at Stickman Design of Dubai and Hong Kong, The Place, mixed together with warm white stone, a striped timber effect floor, and a splash of fresh meadow green in the furniture, brings a fresh, modern feel to the lively Mongkok neighbourhood.The Place is located at Lobby Level, Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong.hongkong.langhamplacehotels.comlast_img read more