Traveller family awarded €33,000 over ‘shocking’ pub case
Refusal by Orchard Inn, Rathfarnham to admit family ‘reminiscent of dark period of Irish history’
Charlie Chawke, of the Orchard Inn at Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts after the Circuit Civil Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts
There was neither room nor food at the inn for a heavily pregnant mother, her husband, their four children and two elderly grandparents because they were Travellers, Judge John O’Connor said in the Circuit Civil Court on Thursday.
After excoriating the senior staff and the owner, Charlie Chawke, of the well-known Orchard Inn at Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin, for its policy relating to Travellers, he awarded the family €33,000 damages for defamation.