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Drunk couple in payout to party pals they beat up

A couple who pulled clumps of hair from a woman's head and then repeatedly kicked her and her partner, leaving him with a partially collapsed lung, have been ordered to enter into peace and probation bonds.

The incident took place after the four enjoyed a Christmas function in the local pub.

Darren Cahill (40) and Winnifred McDonagh (41) assaulted the couple after the group continued drinking at the victims' house, and the party descended into a "drink-fuelled argument".


It was claimed McDonagh started the fight, after she and Nicola Molloy "exchanged words". A judge ordered McDonagh to enter into a peace bond after she paid €350 compensation to the victims.

Judge Ann Ryan also ordered Cahill to enter into a probation supervision bond for one year.

The couple, both of Whitechurch View in Rathfarnham, previously admitted to seriously assaulting Nicola Molloy at her home in Dundrum.

Cahill also admitted to assaulting Ms Molloy's partner, Aidan Byrne, in the same incident on December 14 last year.

Dun Laoghaire District Court previously heard the two couples attended a pre-Christmas party in the Goatstown Inn, and returned to Ms Molloy and Mr Byrne's home in Dundrum around 8pm.

While the men were in the kitchen, a verbal argument broke out between McDonagh and Ms Molloy.

The court heard Ms Molloy's hair was pulled by McDonagh. She picked up clumps of hair from the floor and showed them to gardai when they were called to the house.

Hearing the commotion, Cahill burst into the sitting room and repeatedly punched ad kicked Ms Molloy.

He caught Ms Byrne in a "bear hug" and brought him to the ground, where he was repeatedly kicked in the head and ribs.

Both were badly bruised after the assault, and Mr Byrne went to hospital suffering from a partial collapse of the lung.

They have fully recovered from the incident.


Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam had said there was alcohol consumed on all sides.

He claimed the incident was not entirely one sided, and McDonagh and Cahill also received blows, but they accepted their behaviour was out of order.

Mr Lynam said the couple had three children, and Cahill was a full-time carer for his wife, who suffers a number of medical problems.