‘Nun’ for me thanks

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Gardai who raided a Listowel pub at around four in the morning were confronted by the unusual sight of 21 nuns at the bar staring serenely back at them.



30 April 2013

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What was even more disarming was the fact that behind the habits all of the ‘nuns’ were men…..

Local publican Christy Walsh wasn’t even present when the Gardai got there, he was busy driving other nuns home after a busy night, but he wasn’t surprised as there was a logical explanation. 

But Christy was fined €2,000 nevertheless at Listowel District Court on the ‘after-hours’ offence by Judge Angela Ní Chonduin. 
That logical explanation involved a Guinness Book of Records and an attempt to get as many ‘nuns’ in one place as possible.
The record-breaking ‘Nunday’ event attracted over 1,400 ‘nuns’ to Listowel last June thus smashing the previous world record and in the process, raising over €26,000 for Pieta House.

As one of the chief organisers Christy had spent a long night ensuring that all was tickety-boo in terms of properly registering the achievement for the Guinness Book of Records and so he and his fellow organisers on the committee sank back to his pub, Christy’s of The Square in Listowel, for a relaxing drink having wrapped up the event at around 2am.

A couple of hours later, Gardai on patrol spotted two men leaving the premises around 4.05am which resulted in Christy being taken to court.

His solicitor Maurice O’Sullivan attempted to defend the charge by stating, “I could plead that my client couldn’t refuse nuns, but I don’t know that it will get me anywhere…”.

It didn’t – and Christy was hit with the €2,000  fine though the judge did appreciate that he’d been under “terrible pressure” on the night.

Say a prayer.



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