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Drunk caused €2.6k damage getting ball off McDonalds roof

A young man who was drunk and went to retrieve a football from the roof of a McDonald's restaurant in the early hours of the morning caused nearly €2,600 worth of damage, a court has heard.

Daragh Walsh (21) climbed up on to the roof of the fast food restaurant in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, at 4am to get the football while on his way home from a nightclub.

The football was kicked onto the roof by another person and, in his drunken state, he thought it was a "good idea" to climb up after it, Balbriggan District Court heard.

Walsh damaged the outer facade on the roof.

"The facade was badly damaged and had to replaced," said Sergeant Tony Tighe.

The cost of the damage was €2,595. However, there was no financial loss for the restaurant as its insurance covered the damage, Sgt Tighe told Judge Dermot Dempsey.

Walsh, of Mourne Close in Skerries, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the roof of McDonald's at Millfield Shopping Centre on September 19 last year. He has no previous convictions.


Defence barrister Patrick Jackson told the court Walsh was drunk at the time and doesn't remember much.

"He came out of a local nightclub and was at the restaurant when someone who had a football kicked it on to the roof," explained Mr Jackson.

"He thought it would be a good idea to get on to the roof to retrieve it," he added.

Walsh, who plays football in Skerries, has worked in a bar and as a general maintenance worker at a nursing home but has been unemployed since February, Mr Jackson said.

At a previous court sitting, Judge Dempsey ordered Walsh to complete 240 hours of voluntary work and to make a charitable donation if he wanted to avoid a conviction.

Mr Jackson told the court that the defendant has completed the voluntary work with Skerries Town Football Club.

Mr Jackson said Walsh also had €1,200 to donate to charity.

Judge Dempsey ordered €600 to go to the North Louth Hospice and the other €600 to go to Tabor House Addiction Treatment Centre in Navan, Co Meath.

Judge Dempsey struck the case out.