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Boozing "nuns" lead to fine for Ireland pub owner


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An Irish bar owner must pay a fine after authorities cited him for allowing 51 faux "nuns" to illegally drink after hours, after they had participated in an event seeking to set a world record for "most people dressed like nuns."

The pub in Listowel, Country Kerry, is run by Christy Walsh, who helped to set up the June 2012 "Nunday" event, attracting thousands to the small town and raising funds and awareness for Pieta House, an anti-suicide charity, wrote the BBC.

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The "nuns" got their record of 1,436 gathered officially certified by Guinness Book of World Record's officials (per the Independent) on June 30th, and then paraded through town, according to the Nunday Facebook page.

After the festivities, some of the habit-attired revelers decided to retire to Walsh's pub for a drink or three as July 1 rolled around— and were caught by police two separate times that night quaffing after hours.

Walsh was fined €700 ($924) by local authorities, wrote the Independent, who claimed for his part that the after-hours nuns had been waiting for taxis.

"I'm disappointed with the fine, but it won't stop me from doing charity work again," said Walsh of the incident to the Independent, which added that Walsh's solicitor though "that he could plead his client could not refuse nuns but did not know if that would get him anywhere."