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Gambler who broke into golf club avoids conviction

A COMPULSIVE gambler who broke into the locker room of a golf club and stole money from two golfers' wallets has escaped without a conviction after he compensated the golfers.

Eoin Galligan (56) was out of money at the time of the incident and was looking for cash so he could continue gambling.

A judge said any addiction is a "curse", and he advised Galligan to continue getting the help he needs.

Judge Patrick McMahon applied the Probation Act after Galligan brought compensation to court.


The defendant, of Clonliffe Avenue, Ballybough, Dublin 3, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a single charge of burglary.

The incident took place at the Hermitage Golf Club in Lucan on May 21.

The court previously heard that Galligan broke into the locker room of the golf club, and took €55 from one wallet, and €100 from a second one.

CCTV footage recorded Galligan as being in the locker room at the time the money went missing.

He was later interviewed by gardai and admitted to the burglary.

The court had heard Galligan has 76 previous convictions, mostly for similar theft-related matters.

Defence lawyer Diarmuid Collins said Galligan has a gambling addiction, and he is trying to address it by going to Gamblers Anonymous twice a week.

Mr Collins said Galligan works in his family's textile business. He is paid a wage, and his sister deals with all the money and financial aspects of the business.

Judge McMahon applied the Probation Act.