A SURGEON visiting Cork for the Rod Stewart concert last Summer called a hotel manager a ‘f***ing a**hole’ and the gardaí had to be called to the premises.
Patrick Treacy from Sweepstakes, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, pleaded guilty today at Cork District Court to charges of engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and being drunk and a source of danger to himself or others at Maryborough Hotel.
Mr Treacy was famously noted as the Irish doctor who treated Michael Jackson on occasions.
His memoir was titled Behind the Mask: The Extraordinary Story of the Irishman Who Became Michael Jackson’s Doctor.
In court in Cork today, Sergeant John Kelleher said the disturbance occurred on May 26 and that there was a very strong smell of intoxicants from the accused and he was unsteady on his feet.
Sgt Kelleher said there were numerous patrons of the hotel present to witness this disturbance.
The defendant had no previous convictions.
Defence barrister Lorna Madden said Patrick Treacy, aged 63, was extremely apologetic and apologised in person to the hotel manager afterwards and went on to stay in the hotel the following night also.
Ms Madden said the surgeon also went to the garda station to apologise to Garda Michael Harney for his behaviour on the night.
“He was at the Rod Stewart concert in Cork. He had too much to drink,” Ms Madden said.
Judge Olann Kelleher asked why he behaved in the way he did.
Ms Madden BL said, “Two individuals asked him about living in Northern Ireland, where he is from, and it hit a bit of a nerve with him.”
The judge wanted to know what caused the defendant to take it out on the manager.
Ms Madden said, “He had been riled up by the individuals in the bar. He had gone to his bedroom but decided to come back down.
"He was extremely angry but those individuals (asking about Northern Ireland) were not there. The hotel manager advised him to go back to his bedroom.”
Judge Kelleher said that if Patrick Treacy paid €600 to the Simon Community he would get the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act.
This money was paid today by the defendant and the judge granted the dismissal of the threatening and drunken charges.