Tuesday 20 March 2018

Former Donegal star recalls day he had a gun pointed at him in Orlando bar row

Eamonn McGee
Eamonn McGee

Harry Clarke

Former Donegal star Eamon McGee had a gun pointed at him following a "wild session" in an Orlando bar back in 2011, he has revealed.

Writing in his column in today's Irish Daily Star, McGee remembers when the Donegal squad went to Orlando in 2011 after winning their first Ulster title in 19 years.

One morning, members of the squad went to a bar for a "few settlers" but got a bit more than they bargained for when a "wild session" ended in a dispute with some locals with one of the men pulling out a gun.

"In the winter of 2011, we went to Orlando after winning Ulster for the first time in 19 years," writes McGee.

"For whatever reason, Christy Toye's room at 3am became a designated meeting place.

"After one heavy night, a few of us headed for a few settlers in the morning while the rest of the players headed off to see how Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were getting on.

"The couple of sociable breakers turned into a wild session and we ended up in a bar that should have been called 'Get The Hell Out Of Here'.

"This genius ended up in the middle of a gang of locals and, inevitably, said the wrong thing. Voices were raised and one boy was getting thick. Next thing he pulled out a gun.

"Here's the thing...a gun pointed in your direction sobers you up quicker than a triple expresso. David Walsh, though, figured your man had a fancy lighter and asked him could he light his cigarette.

"Later, David took credit for having defused the situation, but I saw the glazed look in his eye. He genuinely thought it was a lighter."  

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