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Pals shouted at staff after day at races

TWO friends ended up being arrested for public order offences after they hurled drunken abuse at takeaway staff following a successful "day at the races", a court heard.

Graham Higgins (27) and Kieran Kennedy (27) had been out drinking and celebrating after a win at Leopardstown when the incident happened.

Higgins, a chef of St Brigid's Park, Foxrock, and Kennedy, an IT worker of Rialto Street, Dublin 8, both pleaded guilty at Dun Laoghaire District Court to public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace at Chick Stop, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, on January 27 last.

Giving evidence in Higgins' case, Sgt Peadar McCann said the accused was being aggressive to members of staff and the public at the fast-food restaurant. He was arrested and had no previous convictions.



"On the day in question, a friend of his had won money at Leopardstown races and they were out celebrating," Higgins' barrister said.

The accused was a trained chef who had lost his job and was looking to emigrate to Australia to find work.

He had no previous convictions. His barrister asked Judge John O'Connor if he would leave Higgins without a conviction on payment of a donation to charity. The judge struck it out after the €150 contribution was made.

In Kennedy's case, Sgt McCann said the defendant had also being drinking at the races before going to the fast-food outlet in question.

Kennedy also had no criminal record. Judge O'Connor struck out the charges after Kennedy made a €300 contribution.