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Charge: All-Ireland camogie winner Ashling Thompson is pictured at Cork District Court. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Charge: All-Ireland camogie winner Ashling Thompson is pictured at Cork District Court. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Charge: All-Ireland camogie winner Ashling Thompson is pictured at Cork District Court. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Cork GAA star Ashling Thompson had an assault causing harm charge against her dismissed at Cork District Court.

Ms Thompson - who has won multiple All-Ireland camogie titles with the Rebels - appeared before Judge Olann Kelleher yesterday on three charges of assault and assault causing harm.

However, Judge Kelleher dismissed the single Section 3 assault causing harm charge on the application of Ms Thompson's solicitor, Eddie Burke.

The star (28) was charged with two Section 2 and a single Section 3 assaults.

She was charged with assaulting two women at a nightclub contrary to Section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

The alleged incidents related to February 25, 2018, at Secret Garden, Rearden's of Washington Street, Cork.

Ms Thompson of Shinanagh, Newtownshandrum, Charleville, Co Cork, also faced a charge of assault causing harm contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

However, Judge Kelleher was told by Sergeant Gearoid Davis that gardaĆ­ had a difficulty in obtaining the required medical evidence in relation to the Section 3 matter.

An application was made to strike out the charge.

However, Mr Burke said he was asking for the charge to be formally dismissed. He also applied for copies of all statements.

The judge adjourned the remaining charges to February 18.

The camogie star, who did not speak in court, appeared wearing a light grey coat, grey jumper, dark grey leggings and black boots.

A powerhouse midfielder, she has won multiple All-Ireland titles with Cork and was honoured with two All Star awards.

She led Cork to O'Duffy Cup success over Galway in 2015 and has worked recently to develop a modelling career.

Irish Independent