Former Ireland soccer international Paul McGrath will give a day’s coaching to young soccer players in Tullamore after admitting public drunkenness and attempting to breaking into two cars.
The former Manchester United and Aston Villa player admitted to the public order charges at Tullamore District Court arising from an incident at the Tullamore Court Hotel on June 29.
Inspector John Lawless gave evidence that Mr McGrath was drunk and was attempting to get into two parked cars. Mr McGrath was charged with intoxication and threatening and abusive behaviour.
Solicitor Donal Farrelly explained that his client suffered from social phobia and to deal with the anxiety he ‘sometimes turns to drink’.
He added that Mr McGrath usually avoided social occasion but when he did go he was normally accompanied by a friend or an agent however on the night in question he had consumed a lot of alcohol.
Mr Farrelly told the court that Mr McGrath was ‘extremely ashamed and embarrassed’ and did not recall the event.
A letter of apology was handed into the court and the court was told that Mr McGrath had apologised to all parties involved.
Judge Alan Mitchell dealt with the matter under the probation act as Mr McGrath agreed to coach local young people for a day.
He signed autographs for waiting fans before leaving the courthouse.