Celtic sign-making hopeful to do voluntary work after stealing a bottle of Buckfast

A 20-year-old Thurles man hoping to study a specialised course in Celtic sign-making was last week ordered to do voluntary work at his local youth cafe having been convicted of stealing a bottle of Buckfast.

A 20-year-old Thurles man hoping to study a specialised course in Celtic sign-making was last week ordered to do voluntary work at his local youth cafe having been convicted of stealing a bottle of Buckfast.

Solicitor, Mr Philip Meagher said that Ruairi Fogarty was such an “amendable young man” that by the time the gardaí had arrived on the day of the offence, Fogarty had become friendly with the store security staff who apprehended him.

Fogarty, of 12 Ballycurrane, Thurles, was charged with theft from Dunnes Stores, Kyle Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, on August 1.

He had no previous convictions, but did receive an adult caution in January 2013 for a public order incident.

Mr Meagher said that Fogarty had been travelling to a festival with friends on the day when he stopped off to buy toothpaste and various items. He picked up the Buckfast and attempted to steal it, admitted defence.

“By the time the gardaí arrived he had become friendly with some of the security staff,” said Mr Meagher. “He’s a very amenable young man.”

Mr Meagher said that Fogarty had painted some murals for the Thurles Youth Cafe and is now doing workshops there. Defence suggested that Fogarty could perhaps do some voluntary work at the youth cafe instead of receiving a criminal conviction.

Judge Catherine Staines ruled that she would strike the matter out if Fogarty completed the voluntary work.

The matter was adjourned to November, for a report from the Thurles Youth Cafe.