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Drunk IT expert shouted abuse after rugby match

AN IT consultant who got very drunk while watching Ireland's opening game in the Six Nations Championship shouted abuse at passers-by as he made his way home, a court heard.

Frank Prendergast (37) apologised for his behaviour, saying he was acutely embarrassed, and had far too much alcohol while watching the Ireland versus Italy match.

A judge said he would strike out the matter if Prendergast made a donation of €500 to Our Lady's Hospice.

The defendant, of Grosvenor Lodge, Rathmines, admitted before Dublin District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place on Lower Rathmines Road shortly before 11.30pm on February 6.

Garda Conor Doyle said he was on mobile patrol on Lower Rathmines Road when he saw Prendergast, who was very drunk and failing into the road. Gda Doyle said he was quite abusive to passers-by and was arrested for his own safety.

The court heard that Prendergast has worked as an IT consultant for 10 years and is earning a good salary.

His lawyer said he went to the put to watch a rugby match and had too much to drink, and was embarrassed by his behaviour.

Judge Bryan Smyth said he would strike out the charges if Prendergast donated €500 to Our Lady's Hospice. That money was in court and the matters were struck out.