Thursday 29 June 2017

Two players in court after 'Banisteoir' pub brawl

Ann Healy

A NIGHT out with Daniel O'Donnell's wife ended in a court appearance for two gaelic footballers.

The players appeared in court yesterday after becoming involved in a pub brawl after the semi-final of the RTE series 'Celebrity Banisteoir'.

After their team, St Michael's of Lissan, lost to Oughterard on October 22, their celebrity manager -- Majella O'Donnell -- brought them out in Galway city.

Two men ended up in a pub brawl which resulted in yesterday's court appearance.

However, Michael McIvor (25), of Letteran, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, and Kieran Donnelly, 50a Letteran Road, Moneymore, Magherafelt, Derry, avoided convictions for public order offences at Galway District Court.

Both men pleaded guilty to breaching the peace in the Spanish Arch area of the city in the early hours of October 23.

Inspector Ernie White told the court: "They had too much to drink and things got out of hand. When one of the team was asked to leave the pub they all took umbrage and the trouble started."

The judge said she would not record convictions against them if they made a €300 donation to the court poor box.

The money was duly handed into court and the judge applied Section 1.1 of the Probation of Offender's Act, which does not record a conviction.

Irish Independent

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