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Tyrone star Cathal McCarron in court after row in Dublin pub

Published 18/10/2016

Restrained: Tyrone’s Cathal McCarron
Restrained: Tyrone’s Cathal McCarron

Tyrone football star Cathal McCarron had to be restrained after getting into a row with staff at a Dublin pub, a court has heard.

The 2008 All-Ireland winner, who hit the headlines over a gay porn video and his chronic gambling addiction, appeared at Dublin District Court on Monday.

He pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour at Anglesea Street in the Temple Bar area on May 12 last.

The court heard an irate McCarron had to be restrained by security staff, before he was ejected from the Auld Dubliner pub, he then became aggressive and gardai were called to deal with the situation.

However, adjourning the case for a week, Judge Michael Walsh said he would be spared a criminal record if he donated €500 to a homeless charity.

Garda Sergeant Gail Smith, told Judge Walsh, gardai responded to a public order incident at the Auld Dubliner pub where McCarron was being "restrained by security staff".

The court was told gardai separated him from the pub security to ask him what happened and he became aggressive to them.

Gda Sgt Smith said the Gaelic games star was directed on numerous occasions to calm down, but when he threw his top on the ground, gardai arrested him.

The court heard he had no prior criminal convictions and has not come to Garda attention since.

The Tyrone star did not address the court, however, his solicitor Peter Connolly presented a letter from him in which he apologised to gardai.

Judge Walsh said he would spare him a criminal conviction if he gave €500 to the Capuchin Day Centre.

McCarron has had a well-publicised battle with a gambling addiction that has led to a number of low points in his personal life, including theft and taking part in a pornographic video.

He was paid £3,000 to appear in the video, but then gambled away almost all of it within two days.

He has teamed up with publishing house Simon & Schuster, and ghost-writer Christy O'Connor - the former Clare hurling goalkeeper - for an autobiography entitled Out of Control.

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