FORMER Irish soccer star Paul McGrath is to appear in court later this month in connection with an alleged public order offence at the weekend.
Gardai arrested Mr McGrath outside the Tullamore Court Hotel in the Co Offaly town on Saturday evening. He was taken to the local garda station where he was charged with minor breaches of the Public Order Act.
Mr McGrath (53) has fought a long-running and very public battle with alcoholism over the last decade.
The former Manchester United and Aston Villa player was a key figure during the golden age of Irish football in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He featured prominently in the squad in the Euro 88 championships as well as the World Cups of 1990 and 1994.
Often hailed as one of the most talented players ever to don a green jersey, he made 83 appearances for Ireland, scoring eight goals in a 12-year international career.
In recent years, he has spoken openly of his struggle with drink, outlining numerous stints in rehab. As recently as April last year, he appeared on 'The Late Late Show' where he revealed he had been sober for 18 months.
Mr McGrath is scheduled to appear in the district court on July 17.