Drunk rally fan caught throwing punches ordered to pay €250 to charity

September 6, 2022

A rally fan who got drunk and began throwing punches at passengers in a car has been ordered to make a €250 to St Vincent De Paul.

Jonathan Hanamy became separated from friends while visiting Letterkenny for the Donegal International Rally.

He appeared at Letterkenny District Court after being arrested by Gardai under the Public Order Act at Ramelton Road on June 18th last at 12.35am.

Garda Sergeant Jim Collins told the court that Hanamy was acting in an aggressive manner and was throwing punches at passengers in a car.

The 24-year-old eventually tripped and fell and was arrested by Gardai.

His solicitor, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was from Clara, Co Offaly and was in Donegal for the rally.

He said his client was “hopelessly drunk” but sobered up when in the Garda station and was very apologetic to Gardai.

He added that Hanamy could not recall the incident but had never been in trouble before and had no previous convictions.

Judge Cunningham ordered Hanamy, an apprentice mechanic, to pay €250 to the local branch of Str Vincent de Paul.

She gave him two months to make the donation or if he did not she would convict him of the offence and fine him €300.