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Gardai insulted by St Patrick's Day drunk

A ST Patrick's Day reveller arrested for drunkenly insulting gardai was usually a "mild-mannered young man", a court heard.

David Cross (20) was celebrating in Dublin city centre when he subjected gardai to a "litany" of abuse.

Fining him €150, Judge Victor Blake asked why people had to get "smashed drunk" on St Patrick's Day.

Cross, of Henrietta Street, Dublin 7 pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace on March 17.

Garda Robert Mahoney told Dublin District Court he was on duty at Fownes Street at 6.15pm when Cross used "a litany of abusive language".

"He made a bad call. He seems a genuinely mild-mannered young man," solicitor Michael Kelleher said