A District Court judge has ordered a landlord who owns properties near University College Cork described as "Covid Party House" and "Party Central" to take steps to reduce noise levels of student tenants who live there.

Fachtna O'Reilly, of Model Farm Road, Carrigrohane, Cork, is facing fines of €1,000 and/or up to 12 months in jail for breaches of the order.

The case was taken by two long-term residents of Connaught Avenue and Highfield Avenue near College Road in Cork.

They had complained that student houses close to them owned by Mr O'Reilly were like railway stations, with people coming and going at all hours and continuous parties.

Sadie O'Mahony (left) and Mairead O'Callaghan (right), who took the case, with residents' association chairwoman Catherine Clancy

Judge Olann Kelleher said he accepted the residents' evidence.

He gave Mr O'Reilly a week to address their complaints and the case returned to court this morning.

Solicitor Eamon Murray outlined a number of steps that Mr O'Reilly had taken over the past seven days, including issuing formal warnings to the tenants involved.

Judge Kelleher said he accepted the steps Mr O'Reilly had taken, but he said there had been trouble in the area for a considerable time and his sympathies were with the residents.

He directed Mr O'Reilly to take steps to reduce noise levels at the two properties.

Breaches of his order, which will have to be proved in court, are punishable by fines of up to €1,000 and/or up to 12 months in jail.