OLYMPIC boxer John Joe Nevin will spend time training children at his local boxing club this Christmas, as he avoided a criminal conviction for public order offences.
He was given the benefit of the Probation Act at Mullingar District Court after he agreed to spend four hours at Mullingar's boxing club coaching children from the town.
A club representative, Tony Conroy, told Mullingar District Court they would advertise the class, which will take place on December 21.
Judge Seamus Hughes said plenty of young children in Mullingar will look forward to rubbing shoulders with Nevin, and that the workshop will bring Nevin satisfaction too.
Last month the judge accused Nevin of "acting the bowsie" on Castle Street, Mullingar, where community gardai from the town came across him shortly before 1am on July 21.
Nevin and his father, Martin, both of St Anthony's Cottages, Mullingar, admitted drunkenness and threatening behaviour following a row on the street about whether they should take a taxi or walk home.
Both were drunk, aggressive and shouted at gardai.
Martin Nevin put a curse on one of the officers, the court was previously told.
Judge Hughes gave John Joe Nevin time to come up with a proposal for a half-day of coaching at the Mullingar boxing club, which he is president of.
He said it was his intention to follow the example set by his colleague, Judge Alan Mitchell, who gave footballer Paul McGrath a chance to avoid a conviction for public order offences in Tullamore by giving a day's coaching to young people in the town.