| 11.4°C Dublin

Suspended sentence Drunk grandmother (47) 'wished cancer on' garda families after alcohol refusal at hotel bar

Clare Condon refused to leave, calling the gardaí 'paedophiles,' and telling them to 'f**k off'

Close

Grandmother-of-three Clare Condon got a suspended sentence

Grandmother-of-three Clare Condon got a suspended sentence

Grandmother-of-three Clare Condon got a suspended sentence

A hotel guest who mistakenly thought she was being discriminated against because she was a Traveller told investigating gardaí she "wished cancer on their families." 

Grandmother-of-three Clare Condon (47) drunkenly believed she was not being served alcohol at the residents' bar because of her ethnicity, a court heard.

She was arrested after she over-reacted and the incident escalated.

Giving her a six-week suspended sentence and fining her €200, Judge John King said Condon's behaviour had been "atrocious."

Condon, of Clonpriest, Ballymacoda, Cork, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Blanchardstown District Court heard gardaí were called to the Maldron Hotel, Newland's Cross at 1am last August 22.

Staff reported that a woman was being aggressive and gardaí found Condon drunk.

She refused to leave, calling the gardaí "paedophiles," and telling them to "f**k off."

She "wished cancer on the garda's families and stated that they would f**king die soon," Sergeant Maria Callaghan said.

"She is a charming lady, isn't she?" Judge King said.

The mother-of-three had travelled with her family from Cork on the day, her defence said.

She paid for two rooms in the hotel and when she went to the residents' bar at midnight it was still open.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

Condon was refused a drink because she was drunk but felt she was being discriminated against, he said.

She had misunderstood, as other residents were served.

Things "escalated" and her behaviour was totally inappropriate.

When she was arrested, her partner and children "ended up walking the streets that night."

The family "suffered egregiously because of the bad behaviour of their mother," he said.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy