All-Ireland winner 'had to be restrained' during row with staff in Temple Bar pub - court
Tyrone football star Cathal McCarron had to be restrained after getting into a row with staff at a Temple Bar pub, a court has heard.
The 2008 All-Ireland winner, who hit the headlines over a gay porn video and his chronic gambling addiction, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday.
He pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour at Anglesea Street in Dublin city centre on May 12 last.
The court heard an irate McCarron had to be restrained by security staff before he was ejected from the Auld Dubliner pub and he then became aggressive with gardaí called to deal with the situation.
However, adjourning the case for a week, Judge Michael Walsh said he would be spared a criminal record if he donated €500 to a homelessness charity.
Garda Sergeant Gail Smith told Judge Walsh gardaí responded to a public order incident at the Auld Dubliner pub where McCarron was being "restrained by security staff". The court heard gardaí separated him from the pub security to ask him what had happened and he became aggressive to them.
Gda Sgt Smith said the Gaelic football star was directed on numerous occasions to calm down, but when he threw his top on the ground gardaí arrested him.
The court was told he had no prior criminal convictions and has not come to garda attention since.
Dressed in a grey suit, white open-neck shirt and brown shoes, the Dromore and Tyrone corner-back did not address the court.
However, his solicitor Peter Connolly presented a letter from him in which he apologised to gardaí. Mr Connolly said the footballer regrets the incident.
Judge Walsh said he would spare him a criminal conviction if he gave €500 to the Capuchin Day Centre.