He became addicted to drink and became involved in crime.
Daniel O’Donovan of 129, Mount Nebo Avenue, Gurranabraher, Cork, now 31-years-old, appeared at Cork District Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening behaviour and being drunk and a source of danger.
Solicitor Emmet Boyle yesterday recalled how O’Donovan once had a promising career ahead of him in soccer.
“He was an apprentice in Celtic as a footballer but he broke his leg and he ended up becoming addicted to alcohol,” Mr Boyle said.
Garda John Ryan, outlining the case, said he responded to a call to McDonald’s fast food outlet at Daunt Square, Cork.
He said O’Donovan refused to leave the area when directed to go. Judge John King asked: “Did he co-operate with his arrest?”
The garda said O’Donovan did not co-operate on the night despite being given every opportunity to leave.
Inspector Brian O’Donovan told Cork District Court the accused had a number of public order convictions.
Mr Boyle, meanwhile, said the accused felt chastened about his behaviour towards Gda Ryan which was very unpleasant on the night of June 15, 2015.
“Unfortunately, alcohol dulled his sensibility. He has modified his behaviour since. He has had no conviction since February. I appreciate it is only eight months but that is a long time in the scheme of things for Mr O’Donovan,” Mr Boyle said.
Judge King said in light of the defence submissions, he would suspend a two-month prison term but directed the accused, after the court, to apologise face-to-face with the garda.