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Two men charged with assault of Laois footballer released on bail

Carlow District Court

The two men accused of assaulting Laois and Graiguecullen footballer Daniel O’Reilly have been released on bail.

Two Carlow men appeared in court charged with assault causing harm to the footballer.

O’Reilly was seriously injured following an incident at the Potato Market in Carlow town in the early hours of Easter Monday.

20-year-old Tommy Lee Thompson of 49 Springfield Drive, Burrin Road, Carlow and 24-year-old Brendan Keating of 135 New Oak Estate appeared before a judge in the District Court in Carlow this morning.

They are both local men and Garda Daniel Ryan of Carlow Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution of the two men to Judge Miriam Walsh.

The court heard that Tommy Lee Thompson was charged yesterday evening at Kilkenny Garda Station with assault causing harm to the footballer and he replied ‘sorry’ when cautioned.

While Brendan Keating made no reply when he was charged with the same offence at Thomastown Garda Station.

The two men have been remanded on bail but they have been let out of custody on various different conditions.

Inspector Audrey Dormer said the men were to sign on four times a week at Carlow Garda Station on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

They were to obey a curfew between 9pm-8am and ordered not to interfere with any of witnesses.

The pair were told to provide a telephone number to gardaí and be contactable at all times.

They were to allow gardaí to inspect their addresses to monitor their curfew at any time. The men were also to be of temperate habits.

Both defendants said, when asked by Judge Walsh, that they understood the bail conditions and the consequences if they failed to abide by them.

Legal aid was granted to the men and the case was adjourned until 2 May.

Meanwhile, Cllr John Moran told Midlands 103 how O’Reilly had regained consciousness last night.

He said: “He spoke to his mother for a short time before going back to sleep.”

Daniel’s condition is said to be serious but stable.

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