Cathal Casey of Dereen, Scartaglin pleaded guilty to the offence at Fleming’s Bar on October 26th last.
Judge James O’Connor adjourned the matter to a sitting of Tralee District Court later this month.
Thirty-two-year-old Cathal Casey is extremely embarrassed by the assault on Tim Hickey, the court heard.
His solicitor Padraig O’Connell said there was no animosity between the parties before the incident. He said his client had brought €2,500 of his hard-earned money to court to offer in compensation.
The assault occurred following an incident at Fleming’s Bar where the defendant intervened when he saw his brother had been injured and was on the ground.
The court heard Mr Hickey then spoke to Mr Casey using derogatory language and raising his fists in the air.
The injured party was punched in the face and fell to the ground, injuring his ankle.
Judge O’Connor said Mr Hickey must have got ‘an almighty wallop’ because his eye was out like a balloon and he was ‘damn lucky not to have lost it’.
He adjourned the matter to the July 27th sitting because the injured party wishes to address the court.