An Irish landlord has been prosecuted after police came upon dozens of nuns drinking illegally in his establishment, hours after it was supposed to have been closed.
Christy Walsh, who runs the pub in Listowel, County Kerry, was fined 700 euros, which comes to $922 after his pub was raided twice in the space of just a few hours.
However, the nuns were actually people who had dressed up as the church goers. Walsh had organised a charity event in the town last July, which saw hundreds of individuals dress up as nuns.
The Nunday event, which took place on 30 June 2012, set a new record for the largest gathering of people dressed as nuns. 1,436 adults put on nun’s attire, whilst adjudicators made sure that they were each wearing a habit, a veil, black shoes, and black socks or tights.
Listowel’s population, which is normally in the region of 1,500 people, more than doubled as theses extra people turned up to participate in the event.
However, after the event and once the pub had closed, in the early hours of the morning, police entered Walsh’s bar on two separate occasions, and found 51 “nuns” on his property.
Their first visit came at 1.45 in the morning, whilst their second came at 4.10.
Mr. Walsh confirmed that he was at the premises the first time the police arrive, but that on the second he was actually driving people home. Walsh noted that he was disappointed to have been prosecuted by the police, adding that he had raised around $35,000 for charity because of the event.