AN inter-county hurler who was involved in a violent disturbance in Murroe avoided a prison sentence after a court was told he was “not the main actor” during the row.
Michael Cordial, aged 32, of Shinrone, Offaly pleaded guilty to public order charged relating to the incident which happened at Main Street, Murroe shortly after midnight on April 23, 2012.
During an earlier contested hearing, relating to two co-accused, Garda Tom McGlinchy, who is stationed in Murroe, told Limerick Court he responded to reports of a fight at around 12.30am.
He said when he arrived he observed a large gathering of people on the street and he told the court a fight was taking place between a number of people.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told that two uniformed gardai from Bruff and two members of the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) were deployed and that additional patrols were conducted in Murroe for several hours following the incident.
Sergeant Donal Cronin said that while Mr Cordial was present and was “caught up” in the fight he played a lesser role than his co-accused.
“He was not the main actor, he was asked to desist from fighting,” he said adding that the defendant was “quite intoxicated” on the night.
Solicitor Julieanne Kiely said her client, who has no previous convictions had consumed a lot of drink following an earlier soccer match.
She said Mr Cordial, who is an unemployed plasterer, “got caught up in the incident” and wished to apologise.
Judge O’Kelly commented that the incident had been dreadful and had caused a lot of concern in Murroe.
“His behaviour [on the night] would suggest his name is not apt,” he added.
Noting that the defendant has not come to the attention of gardai since, the judge adjourned the case to December for review.
He indicated he will apply the Probation Act if Mr Cordial stays out of trouble.