Diarmuid Connolly will follow in the footsteps of John McEnroe and undergo anger management therapy
The Dublin half-forward was ordered to undergo anger management after pleading guilty to the assault of Anthony Kelly in McGowans in Phibsboro in August 2012. Connolly punched Kelly in the face, fracturing his eye socket. The incident happened on the night of Dublin's scratchy and unconvincing quarter-final victory over Laois in the 2012 All-Ireland quarter final.
The judge told Connolly's solicitor , Michael Hanahoe, “I want your client to do an anger-management course and I want a certificate to say he has done it.”
Connolly, who has no previous convictions, "apologised unreservedly" to Kelly. He has made donations of €5000 to Barnardo's and the Rape Crisis Centre.