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10 garda units called to melee at party

A TEENAGER who was arrested for a breach of the peace after 10 units of gardai were called to a row between two families at a Christening has been ordered to enter into a peace bond.

Thomas Wall (19) was drunk and got into the middle of the row because he was trying to stop it.

Judge Anthony Halpin ordered Wall to enter into a 12-month peace bond after the defendant donated €500 to the Capuchin Day Centre.

Wall, of Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght, had admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at the Tallaght Bypass in Tall- aght at around 2am last December 8.

Gda Sgt Bernard Jones said 10 units of gardai from across south Dublin were called to the Maldron Hotel following reports that two families were fighting in the bar.


He said gardai restored order in the bar and Wall was escorted outside.

The sergeant said Wall tried to punch another man at the entrance to the hotel, which nearly sparked the row off again.

Sgt Jones said Wall was quite intoxicated and he tried to resist arrest. The court heard he had never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer Gabby Deane said Wall and his wife were attending a family Christening, and when a row broke out he tried to get in the middle to stop it.

The court heard that Wall thought he was doing the right thing, but he had a few too many and is not used to drinking.

Judge Halpin said alcohol must have had a "monstrous effect" on him.

The court heard Wall had €500 with him in court for the Capuchin Day Centre and the judge ordered him to enter into a peace bond.