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'I'd planned a nice weekend in Malahide' says woman in court for being drunk and abusive at Mumford gig

Apology: Lisburn’s Gayle Duffy who was drunk and abusive at a concert
Apology: Lisburn’s Gayle Duffy who was drunk and abusive at a concert

By Nicola Donnelly

A health service worker from Co Antrim lashed out at medics and gardai and called them "c***s" and "b******s" as they tended to her while she lay on the ground drunk at an open air concert in north Dublin, a court has heard.

Gayle Duffy was unable to stand, and while she was being carried out of a Mumford & Sons gig at Malahide Castle grounds by five people, she pulled the hair of another concert goer.

The 47-year-old claimed she had travelled to Malahide on June 15 for a "nice weekend", but admitted it didn't turn out that way.

Garda Liam Hynes told Swords District Court that at 10.15pm at the gig, the defendant was "found highly intoxicated, lying on the ground and unable to speak or stand".

"She was unable to provide gardai with her details and while First Aid personnel were attending to her she lashed out calling them 'c***s and b******s," said Mr Hynes. She was arrested and taken to the garda station.

"While she was being carried out of the concert grounds by five people she continued to be abusive, kicking out, and grabbed the hair of another concert goer."

The defendant, of Magheralave Park East in Lisburn, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour. She has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Bernard Stobie said the defendant is "a 47-year-old lady," to which Judge Dempsey replied: "Lady is a term used loosely with this carry on."

Taking to the witness box, the defendant made an open apology in court, saying "I am truly sorry. I have no recollection of what transpired and it was completely out of character."

"My recollection is that I didn't have very much to drink but I have learnt a lesson. I did apologise to gardai the next day when I sobered up.

"It was never my intention to behave that way. I had planned a nice weekend in Malahide and it didn't turn out that way," she added.

Judge Dempsey gave Duffy until the end of the month to come up with a charitable donation of €750 (£677) if she wants to avoid a conviction.

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