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A Kerry footballer who admits assaulting a man causing him harm will escape conviction if he makes a voluntary contribution to the court poor box.

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Shane Carroll of The Oaks, Oakview, Tralee, admits the offence at the Abbey Inn in May.
The matter was adjourned until December to allow him time to make a contribution of €1,000.
Twenty-four-year-old Shane Carroll brought €1,000 to Tralee District Court to pay compensation to his victim, whom he admitted assaulting, causing him hard following an altercation in the Abbey Inn on May 23rd last.
The Austin Stacks player, who has played football for Kerry at minor and Under 21 levels, had borrowed the money from the Credit Union to pay the compensation.
His solicitor Pat Mann told the court Mr Carroll was studying civil engineering at the Institute of Technology in Tralee and apart from his student grant, had no other means.
Previously the court heard the assault happened when a friend of the accused told him he had been “dragged around the place” by a cloakroom assistant at the hotel.
Mr Carroll admitted he then assaulted the man, causing him harm.
Inspector Tony Sugrue told the court Mr Carroll had no previous convictions.
Judge James O’Connor adjourned the matter to the December 16th sitting of the court.