GAA star appears in court over city-centre incident

Cathal McCarron outside court today
Cathal McCarron outside court today

TYRONE Gaelic football star Cathal McCarron has appeared in court charged in connection with a public order incident on a Dublin street.

The 2008 All-Ireland winner appeared at Dublin District Court on Monday to face an allegation of engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour at Anglesea Street in the city-centre on May 12 last. The charge is under Section Six of the Public Order which can result in a fine as well as a three-month sentence.

The 28-year-old, from Tummery Road, Dromore, Omagh, who also has three Ulster title medals, is on the Tyrone panel in contention for another All-Ireland Championship victory this year.

He was ordered to appear again in October after Judge Michael Walsh was told there was a note on the case file that it was possible an additional charge could be brought but this needed to be checked.

Dressed in a grey suit, white open neck shirt and brown shoes, he did not address the court.

However, he nodded and smiled when the judge remarked that for his next court hearing “a late September date might not suit this gentleman, would I be right?”.

When the case was called his solicitor Niall Walsh said his client would be pleading guilty to the public order charge. However, court Garda Sergeant Sinead Vaughan told Judge Walsh that she was instructed that it was possible there would be another charge and this would have to be clarified.

Mr Walsh said this was the first he heard of that and he added that given the circumstances he was aware of, he would not have thought there would have been further charges.

It was the GAA star's second court hearing on the charge having already appeared on June 8 last.

Judge Walsh noted that a guilty plea was being entered but it was possible there would be another charge. He said the matter could be dealt at McCarron's next hearing.

He remanded the Dromore and Tyrone corner-back on continuing bail to appear again on a date in October.

The footballer, who helped his county win this year's Ulster Championship, has an autobiography be due out later this year.

Titled “Out of Control”, the book tells the story of his football success but also delves into his other personal issues including his gambling problems, his move to London and taking part in pornographic video before returning home to Tyrone to play for his county again.

He recently tweeted a picture of his book with the back page blurb stating: “McCarron is a 28-year-old inter-county footballer from Tyrone. A winner of one All-Ireland senior medal and three Ulster titles, he was nominated for an All-Star in 2013 and 2015. Yet behind all that success lay an extremely dark secret, a gambling addiction that cost him hundreds of thousands of pounds, endless relationships and, almost, his life. The illness took such a grip on McCarron that he was forced to leave the country but the addiction led him down an even darker path and into a world of total depravity where he was willing to do anything for money. Out of Control is a sports story unlike any other, a tale of success, lies, deceit, theft, recovery, rehabilitation and, ultimately, redemption.”