Townsville Bulletin

Ban for drunken Irishman over birthday shenanigan­s

- KIRRA GRIMES

A WORKING holidaymak­er who partied too hard on his birthday weekend has been banned from an Irish pub and told to take his “stupid Irishness” elsewhere.

Eoghan Michael Loughran attempted to fight multiple Airlie Beach pub patrons while out celebratin­g his 27th birthday on Saturday, August 7, resulting in charges for public nuisance, fail to leave licensed premises, and obstruct police.

Proserpine Magistrate­s Court heard it was about 1.10am when the Irish national became physically and verbally aggressive to fellow patrons of Paddy’s Shenanigan­s Irish Bar, with security called to remove him from the packed venue.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told the court Loughran refused to leave, despite repeated warnings, and security officers had to physically restrain him while they waited for police to arrive.

When taken into custody, Loughran refused to enter the attending police vehicle and an officer had to “physically pick him up and place him inside the vehicle”, Sergeant Myors said.

Throughout his interactio­ns with police, he exhibited “extreme mood swings”, one moment apologisin­g for his behaviour, the next attempting to fight, Sergeant Myors said.

Defence solicitor Elizabeth Smith told the court her client was a qualified carpenter who had been in Australia for two years on a working holiday visa, most recently living and working at Bowen.

Ms Smith said Loughran was on a four-day break from work when he “tied one on” to the point he could not remember the events leading up to his arrest.

He accepted the allegation­s and pleaded guilty to all charges.

Magistrate James Morton told Loughran he should have more “nous” about him at the age of 27.

He sentenced Loughran to 50 hours of unpaid community service, fined him $450, and banned him from Paddy’s Bar for 12 months, saying: “Take your stupid Irishness and head to another Irish place”.

No conviction­s were recorded.

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