Sunday 17 December 2017

Ex-GAA All-Star admits affray and threats of violence

Greg Harkin

A FORMER GAA All-Star yesterday pleaded guilty to causing an affray.

Former Donegal player Kevin Cassidy (30), of Coteen, Derrybeg, Co Donegal, admitted causing an affray with two or more other persons, threatening unlawful violence at Ard na gCeapairi, Derrybeg, Gweedore, on August 24, 2008.

The footballer's brother, Stephen Cassidy (37) of Upper Brinaleck, Gweedore, pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm.

Two other men also appeared at the hearing Letterkenny Circuit court on charges relating to the same incident.

Shaun Maguire (28), of Ardsbeg, Gortahork, pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening behaviour in a public place.


His brother Michael Maguire (21) pleaded guilty to causing an affray with two or more other people, threatening unlawful violence.

Mr Cassidy, a special needs teacher, was dressed in a black jumper and grey trousers.

He spoke only once to confirm his guilty plea. Judge John O'Hagan adjourned sentencing to the July sitting of the same court when "the issue of community service" would be considered.

No other details of the case were given at yesterday's hearing.

The footballer, who plays club football with Gaoth Dobhair, has been at the centre of controversy since being dropped from the county team last autumn after co-operating with a book critical of events last season.

The half-back was recalled to the squad last year by manager Jim McGuinness.

And the 2011 All-Star became a hero after scoring the winning point from 50 yards in a last-gasp, extra-time win over Kildare in last year's All-Ireland quarter final at Croke Park.

Irish Independent

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