e500 fine for punch in ‘border incident’

A “BORDER incident” that involved a Kilkenny supporter punching a Tipperary supporter in a pub has resulted in a fine of e500.

A “BORDER incident” that involved a Kilkenny supporter punching a Tipperary supporter in a pub has resulted in a fine of e500.

Brendan Grace of 8 Mellows Park, Callan entered a plea of guilty to a charge of assault causing harm, at Kilkenny District Court on September 13. The incident took place in the Old Charter House pub, Callan on May 3, 2010.

The court heard that Mr Grace, a 22-year-old, was in the pub with his father and passed by Sean Hanrahan to go to the men’s room. The court heard that the defendant then “came up out of nowhere and boxed him (Mr Hanrahan) in the face”, resulting in a cut to Mr Hanrahan’s lower lip that required four stitches.

After the incident, both men gave similar statements to gardaí, solicitor Michael Lanigan said, “but Mr Hanrahan related that there had been previous matters between them, which Mr Hanrahan described as banter and Mr Grace described as abuse.”

Explaining that the two men support different counties in hurling, Mr Lanigan described it as “a border incident”.

“Mr Grace is from Kilkenny and Mr Hanrahan is from Tipperary,” he said. Mr Lanigan said Mr Grace wished to apologise to Mr Hanrahan for what happened.

Judge Gerard Houghton fined Mr Grace e500.