Reveller in street row on night of All Ireland
A reveller was arrested for having a drunken argument in the middle of a busy street on the night of the All Ireland football final.
David Williamson (36), a truck driver, was in a "disagreement" with another man, refused to move and hurled abuse at gardai.
He pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace at Fleet Street, Temple Bar on September 20 last. Judge Michael Walsh said he would leave him without a conviction if he made a €400 donation to charity.
Dublin District Court heard it was a busy Sunday night and a lot of people were in the area.
Sgt Zita Woods said gardai found the accused, of Knightsbrook Crescent, Trim, Co Meath, arguing with another man in the middle of the street, stopping traffic.
He became aggressive to gardai and "refused to remove himself from the road." He was drunk and shouted abuse at the gardai. The accused had made a "forthright apology", his solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said.
"It was the night of the All Ireland," Judge Walsh said. "If he was a Kerryman there might be some reason for it."
The judge adjourned the case and said he would strike it out if the charity donation is made.