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Footballer to be sentenced over assault in pub

DUBLIN football star Diarmuid Connolly is to be sentenced next month for breaking a man's eye socket during an unprovoked attack in a pub last August.

The 25-year-old, who is on bail, had pleaded guilty earlier to assault causing harm to Anthony Kelly at McGowan's in Phibsboro, Dublin, in the early hours of last August 6.

Yesterday, at Dublin District Court, Judge Ann Ryan deferred sentencing to allow the case to be listed before Judge Patrick Clyne who had heard the prosecution's evidence last month. Connolly was ordered to appear again on May 31.

The attack happened less than two days after Dublin beat Laois in an All Ireland quarter-final.

The DPP decided the case should be dealt with in the district court, on a guilty plea, otherwise it would be referred to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

The district court heard that Connolly, of Collins Park, Beaumont, punched Mr Kelly in the face. Mr Kelly, in his 30s, was knocked down and Connolly then "continued to punch him on the ground".

Mr Kelly suffered facial injuries including a fractured eye socket.

Irish Independent