Saturday 16 February 2019

Fr Cleary's son head-butted a barman in pub

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

The son of one of Ireland's most notorious priests has admitted head-butting a barman who tried to break up a pub row.

Ross Hamilton (41), the son of the late Fr Michael Cleary, known as the singing priest, told Dublin District Court he had been drinking all day before the incident.

He claimed that he had "felt crowded" and reacted by striking the barman.

The court was told that, after assaulting the barman, Hamilton went on to hurl abuse at staff as they restrained him until gardaí arrived.

Hamilton was spared five months in prison and instead ordered to carry out 150 hours' community service.

Judge Ann Ryan told him his behaviour was "completely unacceptable". It is the second time Hamilton, who has worked as an actor but is now unemployed, has avoided jail for a pub assault.

Hamilton, of Newcastle Manor Park, Newcastle, Co Dublin, admitted assault, as well as threatening behaviour, at Slattery's on Grand Canal Street on December 18, 2016.

Irish Independent

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