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Ex-GAA star Cassidy will pay damages to man injured in nightclub brawl

Greg Harkin

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

Kevin Cassidy
Kevin Cassidy

Former Donegal GAA star Kevin Cassidy and his brother Stephen have agreed to pay undisclosed damages to a man injured in a fight outside a nightclub on the night Ireland soccer star Aiden McGeady was the celebrity guest, the High Court has heard.

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However, the victim in the case is facing substantial legal costs after a claim against the nightclub was struck out.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton, sitting at Sligo High Court, was told the Cassidy brothers had reached an out-of-court settlement with Shaun Maguire after a two-day hearing.

Kevin Cassidy (34) from Coteen, Derrybeg, Gaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal, was given community service at Letterkenny Circuit Court in 2012 following the incident at The Dodge Voodoo Nightclub on August 24, 2008.

His brother Stephen (40), of Upper Brinaleck, Gaoth Dobhair, was also given community service for biting the victim's ear.

At the same court in 2012, Shaun Maguire (31), of Ardsbeg, Gortahork, who lost part of his ear in the incident, pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening behaviour in a public place. He was sentenced to 50 hours' community service.

His brothers, Michael Maguire (24) and Niall Maguire (29) also pleaded guilty to causing an affray.

Shaun Maguire withdrew his claim against the Cassidys yesterday after agreeing settlement, with both sides paying their own costs.

However, the Voodoo club in Gweedore had contested the case and the judge struck out the case against it, having viewed video footage of the incident.

Mr Maguire, who a garda said had started the fight, must now pay his own costs of the claim against the Cassidys and the nightclub.

Club owner Jason Black said: "We did everything right on the night and this was borne out with the judge striking out the case against us.

"We were added as a third party to the case but we defended it throughout. We now feel vindicated," Mr Black added.

Irish Independent

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