Saturday 31 January 2015

Hurling fan hit security man after drunken night

By Eimear Cotter

Published 19/08/2014 | 10:33

Clare's Conor McGrath in action against Shane O'Neill  and Daniel Cahalane
In the game: Clare's Conor McGrath in action against Shane O'Neill and Daniel Cahalane. One fan was arrested after the match

An Irish nurse working in the UK who came home to support Tipperary in Sunday's GAA All-Ireland hurling semi-final struck a security guard outside the Department of Social Protection.

Thomas Lawrence (61) was drinking during the hurling match, and continued to celebrate into the small hours of Monday morning.

He was arrested after an off-duty garda witnessed his drunken behaviour towards the security guard.

Judge Michael Walsh fined Lawrence €200.

The judge also reprimanded Lawrence for his behaviour, saying there were 20,000 
Tipperary men in Croke Park on Sunday and he was the only one arrested.

The defendant, who lives in England but with an address at Grangemockler, Carrick On Suir, Co Tipperary, admitted before Dublin District Court to a number of public order offences as well as assaulting a security guard.

The incident took place outside the Department of Social Protection, Store Street, Dublin 1, on August 18.

Sergeant Niall Murphy said Lawrence approached the 
Department of Social Protection in a drunken state at 12.25am.

A security guard spoke to him, and he started verbally abusing him.

Struck

Sgt Murphy said Lawrence then drunkenly struck the security guard.

He did not receive any injuries during the assault.

The sergeant said an off-duty garda came along, saw the incident and Lawrence was arrested.

The court heard the defendant had two convictions in the UK for minor road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor Alice O'Reilly said Lawrence was anxious to plead guilty.

The court further heard that the defendant has had some "personal relationship problems" recently.

Evening Herald

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