Ballyduff hurler ‘lost it’ and assaulted umpire with hurley, court hears

A GAA player ‘lost it’ at a hurling final in North Kerry and assaulted an umpire repeatedly with a hurley, a court has heard. Tralee courthouse2 Anthony O’Grady of Ardoughter, Ballyduff pleaded guilty to assaulting Kieran O’Connor causing him harm at Kilmoyley GAA grounds, Ardfert on November 16th last year. Judge James O’Connor remanded him on continuing bail to the December 9th sitting of Tralee District Court. The assault occurred 10 minutes into the second half of last year’sintermediate hurling league final between Causeway and Ladies Walk GAA Club in Ballyduff. Tralee District Court heard 39-year-old Anthony O’Grady, who played corner back for Ballyduff, disputed the umpire’s decision, believing his side had scored a point. The accused ‘lost it’ and assaulted the 43-year-old with the hurley, the court was told. His solicitor Padraig O’Connell said he regretted it and was not in court to offer excuses. Mr O’Connell said Mr O’Grady did not dispute any expenses incurred by the injured party, had entered a plea at the first opportunity and would put forward a substantial part of the compensation due at the next court appearance. Mr O’Connor suffered a broken thumb in the assault and bruising to his body. He was taken from the GAA grounds to Kerry General Hospital for treatment. He told the court he had to take time off work, was in a cast for six to eight weeks and was still attending physiotherapy. Adjourning the case, Judge O’Connor said it was a ‘nasty matter’ and  there was enough evidence for him to be sent to jail.