A former Laois senior footballer who was headbutted in an unprovoked attack in a pub may require further surgery to repair damage to his nose.
The news emerged at Portlaoise District Court last week, when the man charged with committing the assault on GAA star Padraig Clancy appeared before the court.
Michael Lalor, Coolnabacca, Stradbally, was charged with assault causing harm at The Tower Inn, Timahoe, on October 27 last.
Garda Conor Murphy gave evidence that Mr Clancy was out socialising with friends when Lalor, who had been drinking in the pub, walked up to him and instigated a conversion. In an unprovoked attack, Lalor then headbutted Mr Clancy and left him in an incapacitated state. Mr Clancy was taken to hospital with a broken nose and deviated septum. Garda Murphy said that surgery was required and further surgery is anticipated, with both Mr Clancy’s work and sporting career affected by the injury.
Judge Catherine Staines inquired as to what had motivated the attack.
“It was alcohol related,” replied Garda Murphy.
Lalor had no previous convictions.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly told the court that the director of public prosecutions had directed that the case be sent forward for trial, or for it to be dealt with in the district court on a plea of guilty.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that Lalor was pleading guilty, but as defence had not received all statements in the case from the State he requested an adjournment before sentencing was finalised.
Judge Staines put the matter back to May 15, and requested a victim impact statement.
“I want to know how this assault has affected Mr Clancy’s life,” she said.