Writer freed in Bloom’shonour

“This is Bloomsday, an appropriate day to treat a writer well. Today is the day we set you free.”

Judge James McNulty referenced Bloomsday yesterday in dismissing a minor drugs charge against an aspiring writer.

Tiernan O’Sullivan, a 25-year-old originally from Douglas in Cork but who has lived in Kinsale for the past two years, had pleaded guilty to being in possession of €10 worth of cannabis in the early hours of May 17 last year in Kinsale.

Bandon District Court heard that gardaí had observed Mr O’Sullivan, a Masters graduate, and two others in a public place at 3.22am that day and that Mr O’Sullivan had been observed throwing an object wrapped in tin foil behind him. He then admitted to gardaí the item was his.

The court heard he had started “messing” with hash two years beforehand but since the incident had not touched it.

He has been working as a gardener and a waiter and as an English and History graduate is an aspiring writer, the court heard.

Asked by Judge James McNulty if the drug had helped stimulate the creative spirit, Mr O’Sullivan said: “No. It damages it.”

He said using the drugs “drove me crazy” while his solicitor said his client, who had previously worked as a lifeguard, had been troubled by his arrest.

Judge McNulty said: “This is Bloomsday, an appropriate day to treat a writer well. Today is the day we set you free.”

Dismissing the charge under the Probation Act the judge told the man: “Go and do something better.”


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