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A DUBLIN GAA footballer has admitted assaulting another man who was left with facial injuries following am "unprovoked" attack in a pub.

Diarmuid Connolly (25) punched the victim in the face and several more times on the ground in the incident in a popular north city bar.

He pleaded guilty to an assault charge and has had the case against him adjourned for conclusion on a later date.

Connolly, with an address at Collins Park, Collins Avenue, Beaumont, admitted assault causing harm to Anthony Kelly. The incident happened at McGowan's Pub, Phibsboro on August 6 last.

Diarmuid Connolly A DUBLIN GAA footballer has admitted assaulting another man who was left with facial injuries following am "unprovoked" attack in a pub. Diarmuid Connolly (25) punched the victim in the face and several more times on the ground in the incident in a popular north city bar. He pleaded guilty to an assault charge and has had the case against him adjourned for conclusion on a later date. Connolly, with an address at Collins Park, Collins Avenue, Beaumont, admitted assault causing harm to Anthony Kelly. The incident happened at McGowan's Pub, Phibsboro on August 6 last.

Diarmuid Connolly A DUBLIN GAA footballer has admitted assaulting another man who was left with facial injuries following am "unprovoked" attack in a pub. Diarmuid Connolly (25) punched the victim in the face and several more times on the ground in the incident in a popular north city bar. He pleaded guilty to an assault charge and has had the case against him adjourned for conclusion on a later date. Connolly, with an address at Collins Park, Collins Avenue, Beaumont, admitted assault causing harm to Anthony Kelly. The incident happened at McGowan's Pub, Phibsboro on August 6 last.

DUBLIN football star Diarmuid Connolly has issued an unreserved apology to a man whose eye socket he fractured during an unprovoked attack in a pub.

The 25-year-old had pleaded guilty earlier to assault causing harm to Anthony Kelly at McGowan's pub in Phibsboro, in the early hours of August 6.

The All-Ireland winning forward has been selected to play for Dublin in today's Leinster Senior Championship match against Westmeath, in Croke Park.

Yesterday defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe told Judge Patrick Clyne at Dublin District Court that Connolly apologises unreservedly to Mr Kelly and was willing to offer him €5,000 in compensation.

 

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Mr Kelly said the apology was accepted, but asked that the money instead be split between Barnardo's and the Rape Crisis Centre.

Mr Kelly intends to bring a civil action against Connolly.

Judge Clyne said a second medical report, handed in by prosecuting garda Aidan Noonan, showed that a fractured nose Mr Kelly suffered was not sustained in the incident.

Judge Clyne said sentencing will be dealt with in December.

Connolly did not address the court during the hearing yesterday and was remanded on continuing bail.

The attack happened less than two days after Dublin beat Laois in a quarter-final of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship.

Connolly had once been tipped as a frontrunner to take over as Dublin team captain for the 2013 season.

The footballer, who also plays for north Dublin club St Vincent's, has no prior criminal convictions.

His offence carries a possible sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a fine.

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