Wednesday 28 September 2016

Fr Ted actor Gerard McSorley pays €40 to bank for damaging flower pots

Paddy Clancy

Published 13/09/2016 | 12:49

Actor Gerard McSorley. Photo: Damien Eagers
Actor Gerard McSorley. Photo: Damien Eagers

Fr Ted Actor Gerard McSorley was given the Probation Act today when he paid €40 to the Bank of Ireland for damaging two flower pots.

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His solicitor Jacqui Sharkey told Dungloe District Court they were plastic flower pots and she wasn’t sure of the value but Mr McSorley had €40 compensation for the Bank of Ireland.

Prosecuting Inspector Dennis Joyce told the court that manager Marion Boyle called the gardai to her branch of the bank at Bunbeg, Co. Donegal,

The inspector said 66-year-old McSorley had damaged a flower pot in the bank.

“He left after roaring and shouting at Ms Boyle and damaged a flower pot outside the bank.”

Insp Joyce said that at the Garda station McSorley made a full admission and apologised.

He had previous public disorder convictions in 2014, 2006 and 2005.

Ms Sharkey said McSorley regretted his actions very much. It was an incident in difficulties he had experienced over the years.

She added: “He is very calm and well-liked in Bunbeg.”

She said the actor was not working at present.

Judge Paul Kelly observed: “It’s not the worst case ever to come before the court.”

He applied the Probation Act when McSorley, of Cul Na Toinne, Magheraclogher, Bunbeg, admitted criminal damage to the flower pots last June 16.

The actor, who has appeared in several films and tv plays, was Fr Todd Unctious in the Fr Ted series and he also appeared in the film Braveheart.

McSorley didn’t appear at an earlier hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Gardai arranged for it to be served with discretion.

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