Court told that Patsy Brogan will contest Sheebeen charges

South Donegal farmer Patsy Brogan's trial on operating a sheebeen, due to be heard today, has been further adjourned at Donegal District Court.

The case is now listed for hearing at the same court on October 5

Brogan has already denied at an earlier hearing that he operated a “shebeen” in a shed called the Bog Hotel attached to his home.

Defence solicitor Paudge Dorrian said the 73-year-old man will be “contesting” a charge that he sold beer and spirits at the premises outside Inver, Co. Donegal, last September 25.

The summons was brought on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions by Inspector Denis Joyce.

Brogan was cleared by a court last year of running an illegal bar in his converted shed when Donegal County Council sued him for a breach of planning laws.

He told that court that he doesn't charge for drink and the judge found the converted shed was not unlike private bars in homes across the country where families shared drinks with friends.