HIGH KING OF IRELAND
A man claiming to be the “king of Ireland” appeared before Thurles District Court wearing a crown and his driver’s licence on a lanyard around his neck. The hearing concerned a claim notice he wanted to enforce against a Garda superintendent regarding the ownership of two roads in Tipperary. James Patrick Carey, who referred to Judge Elizabeth MacGrath as his “employee”, did not specify which two roads in particular he was intending to claim, instead asserting that he “owns the world” due to his title. When MacGrath questioned the validity of the paperwork Carey had presented to her, he asked for the case to be adjourned so that representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Africa could come to help verify his claim. He added that it was a matter of some importance as his work would supposedly help mitigate the threat from Vladimir Putin and Russia. The judge put the matter back to April 16 to allow Carey to sort out his paperwork.
Drogheda District Court recently heard the case of a 26-year-old man who hailed a passing Garda car in Drogheda city centre to drunkenly demand they drive him home. Joseph Fitzgerald, of Bettystown, was accused of being drunk and disorderly on the night in question. Judge Eirinn McKiernan heard that when gardaí pulled over to talk to the defendant, they could see he was agitated. Sergeant John O’Hehir told the court that Fitzgerald proceeded to shout abuse at gardaí, telling them to do their “fucking job” and drive him home. McKiernan adjourned the case, remanding the defendant on bail, saying the charge would be struck out if he makes a €300 contribution to the Red Door addiction service by March 4.
Robert McNamara (46), of Whispering Pines, Cappagh, Kinsale pleaded guilty before a sitting at Bandon District Court to charges of public intoxication and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour following an altercation over a hat in a jazz bar. Judge James McNulty heard that on October 28 gardaí were called to deal with an incident at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale. They found the defendant in discussion with security staff outside the hotel. McNamara, who appeared unsteady on his feet, became agitated when questioned by gardaí, yelling: “Them fuckers stole my hat”. He then attempted to re-enter the hotel bar, saying to officers: “Get out of my fucking way.” Defence solicitor Tony Greenway told the court that his client had been listening to some jazz when another customer at the bar put on McNamara’s hat, leading to the altercation. McNulty sentenced the defendant to 200 hours of community service.
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