Gardai called into Andy’s Bar in Stranorlar on December 29th, 2013.
A total of 28 people were on the premises at 2.30am but closing time was 12.30am with half an hour ‘drinking-up’ time.
Letterkenny District Court was told that extended members of a family had met up for Christmas and were talking.
They hadn’t noticed the time and when they tried to get taxis, it was very difficult to get one.
Solicitor for the bar said the bar had been in the Fitzgerald family for generations and they had never been before the courts on licensing matters.
Judge Paul Kelly ordered the bar-owners to pay €250 to Planet Youth in Ballybofey.