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Thursday 15 November 2018

GAA star broke player's jaw in one-punch attack after match

Ruairi McGlone admitted seriously assaulting Colin Hehir
Ruairi McGlone admitted seriously assaulting Colin Hehir

A former Tyrone All-Ireland U21 winner punched another player in the face following a college GAA football final.

Ruairi McGlone (22) broke Colin Hehir's jaw and knocked him unconscious in the one-punch attack.

The assault took place following the University of Ulster's All-Ireland Intermediate Colleges football final defeat to University of Limerick last March.

McGlone was a former Tyrone All-Ireland U21 winner in 2015 and Tyrone's minor captain in 2013. Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing until next month.

Gardai will speak to Mr Hehir to see if he wishes to provide a victim impact statement.

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The defendant, of Glendavagh Road, Caledon, Tyrone, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to seriously assaulting Colin Hehir at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown on March 2, 2017.

Sergeant Geraldine McManigan said the victim was walking off the pitch at the end of a match when McGlone went up to him and punched him once in the face.

Sgt McManigan said the victim was knocked to the ground unconscious.

He suffered a badly broken jaw in the assault and had to have reconstructive surgery for his injury.

Mr Hehir still suffers from some breathing difficulties, the court heard.

McGlone had left the sports campus before gardai arrived, and was on his way back to Belfast when his bus was intercepted by gardai and he was arrested, Sgt McManigan went on to add.

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