Irish Independent – Bar staff in court over drink death

Two barmen are due to go on trial for the manslaughter of a British man who died from acute alcohol intoxication.

The landmark prosecution against Gary Wright and Aidan Dalton is listed to begin in Co Tipperary on Wednesday.

It is the first case of its kind under Ireland’s liquor liability laws.

Wright, 34, a bar manager at Hayes Hotel in Thurles, and Dalton, a 29-year-old barman, are charged with unlawfully killing hotel guest Graham Parish.

Mr Parish, from Calder Terrace in Lomeshaye village near Nelson, east Lancashire, was staying at the hotel when he died of acute alcohol intoxication on July 1 2008.

The barmen, both from Kilfithmone, Borrisoleigh in Co Tipperary, are expected to go on trial at Nenagh Circuit Court.

Hayes Hotel, in Liberty Square in Thurles, dates to the 18th century and is where the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded on November 1 1884, when it was known as the Commercial Hotel.

An amateur organisation set up to promote Irish culture, language and sports, GAA now boasts hundreds of affiliated clubs across Ireland and worldwide.

Source: Irish Independent