Camogie star Ashling Thompson says she's ready to move on after court case difficulties: 'I regret that I reacted to the situation'

Camogie star Ashling Thompson says she's ready to move on after court case difficulties: 'I regret that I reacted to the situation'
Cork's Ashling Thompson Mandatory 

CAMOGIE star Ashling Thompson has said she is ready to move on from the difficulties of the court case that has dominated her life for the last 18 months.

Last month, the All-Ireland winner avoided a criminal conviction for assaulting two women in a Cork nightclub on the undertaking of paying €6,000 to family refuge charities and to cover witness expenses. 

The judge said that once it is paid, the case will disappear and Ms Thomspon will not have a conviction.

Ms Thompson has now said that it is time for her to move on from the case and move forward with her life.

"I regret that I reacted to the situation. I should have never reacted," she said.

GAA All-Star camogie player Ashling Thompson.Pic Cork Courts Limited
GAA All-Star camogie player Ashling Thompson.Pic Cork Courts Limited

"I'm glad to have it behind me. It's a bump in the road and I need to learn from it, and I need to move on because otherwise, I am going to be stuck at a crossroads."

"Obviously, it's an extremely tough time at the moment, but I have coping mechanisms from previous traumas on how to deal with it. I'm not saying it's easy. It's not a walk in the park - there's a lot of things that come with this, emotionally. But you've either got to move on, start afresh, or you could dwell on the past."

In the interview with the Sunday Independent, Thompson discusses her previous mental health struggles and acknowledges that she was "really worried" that the public attention during the court case could affect her mental health again. 

But, she said that she won't let the case define her and that she is exploring her opportunities for a fresh start.

"It's had a massive impact on me but I've built up a lot, I've been through a lot and I know I can take this on, and I will move on," she said.

She said that she is considering a move to Australia and is currently enjoying a self-imposed absence from the Cork team.


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