GARDAÍ had to be called to assist staff at Mok’s Bar on Barrack Street – a premises the district judge described today as “the most famous pub in Cork.”
Declan Hickey of 40 Greenmount Avenue, pleaded guilty to being threatening and abusive and drunk and a source of danger there on July 2.
Sergeant John Kelleher said the incident occurred on that date at MOK’s Bar on Bandon Road.
Gardaí were called to the pub because of intoxicated and threatening behaviour towards staff by Declan Hickey, aged 55.
Gardaí arrived and he refused to leave. He had to be escorted from the premises by gardaí.
“He was aggressive and abusive to gardaí and referred to them as c***s and threatened to get (other men) after two of the gardaí.
“He was highly intoxicated and failed to provide Garda Ronan O’Reilly with his name and address,” Sgt Kelleher said.
Judge Olann Kelleher said, “This is his third time up for Section 6 (Section of the Public Order Act relating to threatening behaviour).”
Declan Hickey said, “I apologise to the court. I went back to the Bridewell and apologised.”
Judge Kelleher referred to the language used by the accused to gardaí.
The defendant said he was off drink for many years but an issue that caused him depression resulted in him taking alcohol that night.
“I tried to help young people over the years. (On the night) I thought drink would relieve me… I am ashamed of my life to be here,” he said.
When Judge Kelleher said he would require a letter of apology to the gardaí, Declan Hickey said he had already written one and emailed it to gardaí.
Judge Kelleher said the defendant was at risk of three months in jail but in the circumstances, he would impose a €250 fine on the threatening charge and €150 on the drunkenness charge.
A charge of refusing to give his name and address to gardaí was taken into consideration.
As Sgt Kelleher was reading the handwritten garda file on the case he hesitated as he read the name of the pub and Judge Kelleher said, “Mok’s Bar – the most famous pub in Cork.”