A VALENTIA Island man who encouraged onlookers to make pig noises towards gardaí had been off drink for Lent and had drank too much on a night out at Easter, Cahersiveen District Court has heard.
James Lynch (22), of Tinnies Lower, Valentia Island, began making pig noises and encouraging others to do the same after he was asked by gardaí to desist from pushing and shoving members of the public on Main Street in Cahersiveen at 3.45am on Easter Sunday morning last, April 8.
Lynch appeared before Judge James O'connor last Thursday and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and with failing to comply with Garda James Fairbrother's request to leave the area.
"Garda Fairbrother was on duty and saw this young man pushing and shoving members of the public. He was asked to stop, but wouldn't. He started making pig noises towards gardaí and encouraging others to do likewise. Then he started fighting and messing with his friends," Inspector Donal Ashe said.
"He then fell through the front door of an apartment on Main Street," the inspector added.
Solicitor Jerry O'connell said his client was "extremely worried" about the matter. He said James Lynch was currently working with his uncle in the construction industry.
"He had been off drink for Lent and had a few drinks Easter Sunday. He has little recollection but he knows he was cheeky," Mr O'connell said.
The solicitor said Lynch had sought out Garda Fairbrother a couple of days after the incident and had apologised to him. He said his client was also prepared to make good any damage caused to the door of the apartment.
Judge O'connor directed Lynch to make a volunteered contribution of €600 to the court poor box by October 18 next.