Search

27 Jun 2022

Soccer legend Paul McGrath instructed to coach young players in Tullamore

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.

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.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.