Saturday 16 December 2017

Fan was drunk and abusive after Ireland lost match

Seamus McGovern, Ardeevin Guesthouse in Swords
Seamus McGovern, Ardeevin Guesthouse in Swords

Eimear Cotter

A DUBLIN man who drunkenly walked down the centre of a busy street while shouting at passers-by had earlier been watching an Ireland soccer match, a court heard.

Seamus McGovern (38) claimed his drunken behaviour was due to a combination of personal issues and coming off heroin.

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined him €100 and imposed a two-month sentence suspended for one year.

McGovern, with an address at Ardeevin Guesthouse, Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident occurred in Main Street, Swords, shortly after 10pm last June 12.

Gda Bryan Daly said he was called to the scene following reports of a man walking in the centre of the road.

He said McGovern was visibly intoxicated and was roaring and shouting at passers-by.

The court heard the defendant has a number of previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said McGovern had earlier been watching a Republic of Ireland soccer match in which they had lost to Portugal.

Ms D'Arcy said McGovern was also detoxing from heroin at the time and had been dealing with some personal problems.

She said the defendant is now off heroin and is stabilised on methadone.

Ms D'Arcy added that McGovern wished to apologise for his behaviour.

Irish Independent

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