A COUNTY Roscommon man who lost his shoe while socialising in a Letterkenny pub, where he had been watching a hurling match, has appeared in court.

Jimmy Groarke from Aughurine, Ballaghaderreen faced three charges relating to an incident on February 3, 2019.

At 1.45am, at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, Gardaí were dealing with an unrelated matter when they observed Groarke being ejected from a premises.

His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. “He appeared disgruntled with the security staff and he was threatening them and being aggressive,” Sergeant Jim Collins told Letterkenny District Court.

Solicitor Mr Frank Dorrian said his client, a married father of two, had been in the premises to watch a hurling match and had become involved in an argument,

“A hurling match at 1.45am?” asked Judge Paul Kelly.

Mr Dorrian said his client had been to the premises to watch a match earlier in the day and managed to somehow lose a shoe in the course of a dispute. “He went to retrieve his shoe and now he finds himself here,” Mr Dorrian said.

Judge Paul Kelly said that if Groarke, who works as a roofer, made a €150 donation to Letterkenny Youth and Community Club he would strike out the charges.


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