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Red-handed Boxer caught with cocaine at 3Arena gig close pal of Regency murder victim David Byrne

Crumlin man Martin 'Mighty' Quinn (34), who described Byrne as his "brother from another mother" was caught red-handed by gardaí

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Martin Quinn

A boxer who was a close pal of Regency Hotel murder victim David Byrne pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and threatening and abusive behaviour when he appeared in court this week.

Crumlin man Martin 'Mighty' Quinn (34), who described Byrne as his "brother from another mother" was caught red-handed by gardaí with cocaine at a gig in the 3Arena in Dublin in 2018.

Gardaí saw him involved in a "transaction" and stopped him at the MK concert in the 3Arena on May 5, 2018.

He was found in possession of €70 of the drug. Gardaí said Quinn was one of a number of people caught with drugs at the concert.

Quinn didn't cause any difficulties when he was caught by gardaí with the drugs but was abusive when gardaí arrived at another incident last year.

He pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour in an incident on the Walkinstown Road on April 10, 2020. Gardaí said the incident involved "the usual verbals".

The court heard Quinn had previous convictions for similar offences.

His solicitor Niall O'Connor said he was a father of two who ordinarily worked as a labourer but was also a "quite talented" boxer.

He has taken part in a number of professional bouts including his comeback fight in Spain over the summer.

He was fined €500 for breach of the peace with the drugs charges taken into consideration.

Quinn, with an address at Walkinstown Park in Dublin, was a close pal of David Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in 2016.

Quinn's sister Kelly was Byrne's long-term partner and had two children with him. She previously gave an interview saying she didn't believe Byrne was involved in a feud.

"David was in the wrong place at the wrong time and he was an easy target. He'd nothing to do with any of that feud. He was never involved."

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She said she didn't want the feud to continue.

"Nobody wants violence, nobody wants a feud. Who wants this? Who wants this for their kids growing up?"

Martin Quinn was extremely close to David Byrne and fought with 'Dots' on his shorts in tribute to Byrne after his death.

In one of several online tributes to Byrne, he wrote. "People will never know how much I miss this man; I swear words couldn't describe it, never off my mind. I go asleep looking at him and wake up looking at him my brother from another mother. Miss u mate."

Quinn took part in the Celtic Clash 11 boxing event in Alicante in Spain in June in a comeback fight after more than two years out of the ring.

He was defeated on points by Spanish-based Argentinian fighter Ezequiel Gregore in the event organised by Boxing Ireland and KO Boxing.

Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com after the defeat, he said he would return to the ring: "It's a hard pill to take but, look, I just want it more now. It's not the last time you'll see me slide through the ropes people - I'll get that title and prove the haters wrong."

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