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Majella's Celebrity Bainisteoir players in court

TWO footballers who were part of Majella O'Donnell's Celebrity Bainisteoir team have appeared in court over a pub brawl.

The men ended up in court after an incident in a night out with the wife of Daniel O'Donnell.

Majella took over the reins at GAA club St Michael's of Lissan in Derry after Dana Rosemary Scallon stepped down to run for president.

After losing a match to Galway team Oughterard, celebrity manager Majella brought them out in Galway.

But team-mates Michael McIvor and Kieran Donnelly ended up in a pub brawl in the city centre -- and both "embarrassed" footballers appeared in Galway District Court yesterday as a result of the melee.

McIvor pleaded guilty to failing to obey the directions of a garda and leave the area following a disturbance in the Quay Street/Spanish Arch area of the city in the early hours of October 23 last.


He also pleaded guilty to breaching the peace by engaging in threatening and abusive words or behaviour on the same occasion, while a charge of being drunk in public was withdrawn by the State.

Donnelly pleaded guilty to a single charge of breaching the peace while a charge against him for being drunk and a danger to himself and others in public was withdrawn.

Inspector Ernie White said the pair had travelled with their team for the semi-final of Celebrity Bainisteoir to be played against Oughterard on October 22 last.

The judge said she would not record convictions against them if they made a €300 donation to the court poor box. The money was duly handed into court and the judge applied Section 1.1 of the Probation of Offender's Act, which does not record a conviction.