At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, a Garda statement by Alan Markham — a Kilmaley man who played in the Clare team that beat Waterford in the 1998 Munster final — told how he and his friend, Sean Hogan, gave chase to three youths after Mr Markham was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was struck on the side of the head with a pint glass.
The attack occurred at Abbey St carpark in Ennis after 3am on December 21 as Mr Markham was walking with Mr Hogan and his wife.
Stephen Coughlan, for the State, said that when Mr Markham later that morning presented himself at the station, “he was bleeding heavily from the side of his head and had a large bruise or lump on his forehead”. An ambulance was called and Mr Markham was taken to hospital.
Earlier, after being struck by the beer glass by Jordan Whelan, aged 18, of Dun na hInse, Ennis — who was accompanied by two others, Evan Toomey, aged 18, of Oak Park, Watery Rd, Ennis, and Shane McCarthy of Shallee Drive, Cloughleigh, Ennis — Mr Markham and Mr Hogan gave chase.
Mr Markham said they chased the three to a nearby school “when the three turned back on us and started fighting”.
He said: “I was hit by a stick in the forehead and across my legs a few times. I also got a few boxes from a fella wearing a blue top. I was knocked to the ground and received a number of kicks to my body. I just lay on the ground and covered my head. I am not sure how many of them were kicking me.”
Mr Markham said a demand for money was made. “I handed over €50 and one of them checked my pockets and took out €25.” Mr Hogan was also robbed of €100.
Whelan pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Markham and robbing him of €75. McCarthy also pleaded guilty to robbing Mr Markham while Toomey pleaded guilty to robbing Mr Hogan.
Two of the three were before the court, Toomey and McCarthy having also pleaded guilty to other late-night crimes in Ennis. Counsel for Whelan said his client had no previous convictions.
The judge adjourned the cases to November 18.