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Revellers' eyes 'burned by pub lights at party'

PARTYGOERS have reported burned skin and eyes after a freak incident in a Dublin pub.

Gardai went to The Old Mill pub, Tallaght, after patrons complained of injuries.

It's understood several partygoers had to be treated in hospital after a 30th birthday party held two weeks ago in a section of the pub.

They complained of skin irritations, eye burning, headaches and tanning of the skin.

Mystery remains over the cause of the injuries, but it's understood the complaints may have arisen because of light bulbs that were installed the day before the party.

These lightbulbs have since been removed. Management at the pub are now carrying out a full investigation into the incident. Tallaght Gardai told the Herald that they spoke to management at the pub, but there is no criminal investigation.

Representatives of the Louis Fitzgerald group, owner of the Old Mill, were unavailable for comment today. A spokesman for the group earlier said that they were aware of the incident and have been in contact with the customers involved. It's believed that the lightbulbs, which were not installed by the company, were a sort of fluorescent lamp which was intended to enhance the party atmosphere of the horse-shoe section of the pub.

Sensation

The partygoers only felt the results of the lightbulbs after they went home -- with some waking up in the middle of the night with a burning sensation.

The incident happened on a Friday night and by Saturday morning several individuals had to go to hospital. Some of the people involved also received a light tan from the lights.

Tallaght gardai checked that the bulbs had been removed to ensure that it wouldn't happen again. The bulbs have been removed and have been replaced with the correct fittings. Management at the Old Mill have been keen to outline that there is no further risk for patrons.

They said that they were "addressing the issues raised by our patrons directly with them. In those circumstances it would not be appropriate for us to comment any further."

clairemurphy@herald.ie