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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tyrone GAA star let off over row at Temple Bar pub

Cathal McCarron is very embarrassed, the court heard
Cathal McCarron is very embarrassed, the court heard

Tyrone football star Cathal McCarron has been spared a criminal record and a sentence after he had to be restrained when he got into a row with staff at a Temple Bar pub.

The 2008 All-Ireland winner, who hit the headlines over a porn video and his chronic gambling problems, had pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour at Anglesea Street in Dublin city centre on May 12.

The public order offence can result in a conviction, fine and three-month sentence.

Dublin District Court heard that an angry McCarron had to be restrained by security staff at The Auld Dubliner and then became aggressive to gardai who tried to calm him down.

Judge Michael Walsh said last week that McCarron would be spared a criminal record if he gave €500 to a homeless charity.

The case resumed yesterday, and defence solicitor Peter Connolly furnished the court with a receipt showing his client had made the donation, at which the judge said he was striking out the case.

Calm

Earlier, Sgt Gail Smith told the judge that officers responded to a public order incident at The Auld Dubliner. Gardai separated McCarron from the security staff to ask him what happened and he became aggressive towards them.

Sgt Smith said McCarron was directed on several occasions to calm down but, when he threw his top on the ground, gardai arrested him.

Defence solicitor Peter Connolly had handed in to court a letter from McCarron in which he apologised to gardai. He said his client is now studying psychotherapy while continuing to work as a business development officer in a successful firm.

The court heard the 28-year-old, from Omagh, is very embarrassed and regrets the incident.

The judge was asked to note that McCarron has had a number of difficulties in his life. Pleading for leniency, Mr Connolly described the Temple Bar incident as the "last speed bump in his situation".

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