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Thursday 29 September 2016

Drunken clubber attempted to force way into U2 hotel

Cillian Hawkes was refused re-entry into the nightclub
Cillian Hawkes was refused re-entry into the nightclub

A drunken nightclubber climbed a wall at Dublin's Clarence Hotel, then pulled at a door as he tried to force his way in, a court heard.

Cillian Hawkes (23) had too much to drink when he went out for a cigarette but was refused re-entry to the club and became "agitated".

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for the production of a probation report.

The accused, with an address at Haven House Hostel, Morning Star Avenue in the north inner city, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and failing to obey garda directions in the incident.

The hotel is owned by Bono and the Edge of U2.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at East Essex Street at 1.50am on March 31 last.

Gardai received a report that a man was causing a disturbance. When they arrived at the scene, they saw the accused jumping on the wall of the Clarence Hotel.

"It must have been a low wall," the judge said.

Climbing

A garda witness replied that he believed the accused was climbing the wall at the time.

Hawkes was told to desist from his behaviour and to leave the area and he initially did so, but shortly afterwards gardai saw him back at the scene again.

Hawkes was pulling at the door of the hotel and trying to force his way in, the court was told. Gardai again intervened.

The accused was "quite intoxicated" at the time and was arrested. He was co-operative when taken to a garda station and charged with the offences.

Hawkes had no previous convictions.

The accused accepted he had drunk to excess, his lawyer said. He went outside for a cigarette and could not get back in. He got "quite agitated" at this.

The court heard Hawkes is now attending a community employment scheme. His lawyer asked Judge Walsh to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances, and given the defendant's previous good record.

The judge decided to refer the accused to the Probation Service and adjourned the case to a date in September.

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