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Practitioners battered by hailstones at Glenties District Court

Glenties Courthouse

Glenties Courthouse

HAILSTONES pattered the public benches and the solicitors’ desk at 172-year-old Glenties District Court,  prompting an apology from staff.
Court Clerk Connell Melley apologised to the public and explained a window had been damaged in the court and it would be fixed before the next court sits in February.

Despite a bitter wind blowing through the room at times – although the hail stopped – Judge Paul Kelly continued with proceedings.

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At one stage he observed to a garda who was asked to go outside during one case: “Sorry garda, you will have to wrap up well.”

One solicitor left his seat to warm his hands at a radiator running alongside the back wall.

A woman solicitor kept her hands warm in the pockets of her overcoat.
Solicitor Patsy Gallagher remarked during one blast: “That’s new. It’s the first time I have been in court and it started hailing.”

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