Olympic boxer John Joe Nevin has been ordered to give an exhibition class to young boxers to atone for his part in a public order incident.
Mr Nevin is to return to Mullingar District Court on Dec 5 to explain when and how he will give the four-hour masterclass with young members of the Mullingar boxing club, of which he is the president.
Judge Seamus Hughes said he was following the example of a colleague who ordered footballer Paul McGrath to give coaching to young soccer players in Tullamore earlier this year.
Community gardaí on mountain bike patrol on Jul 21, at 12.45am found Mr Nevin and his father Martin, both of St Anthony’s Cottage, Mullingar, involved in a fracas on Castle St in the town.
They were rowing about whether they would take a taxi home or walk. They had been invited to an event earlier in the evening and had too much to drink, said solicitor Robert Marren.
They both pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and drunkenness. Inspector Jarlath Folan said the men were aggressive and shouted at gardaí. Martin Nevin was speaking to gardaí when his son ran over and continued to argue with him and be aggressive, the inspector said.
Martin Nevin put a curse on one of the gardaí, the inspector said. The incident happened in full view of a number of members of the public.
Olympian Nevin, who recently decided to turn professional, said he had no objection to giving a class but might not have time before he moves to the US.
Judge Hughes said the boxer hadn’t cared about that when he was “acting the bowsie on the streets of Mullingar”.
He said if he’s happy with Mr Nevin’s proposals, this will be his sentence and if he’s not, he will consider other options.
He said the incident didn’t show either of the men in a good light and told the boxer young people look up to him. “It’s embarrassing, especially as John Joe is an Irish hero and someone we’re extremely proud of,” he said.
He also said he was delighted to meet Mr Nevin and observed he was smaller than he expected. “Good goods come in small parcels,” the boxer replied.
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