Irish rugby international Shane Horgan pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Court to assaulting a night club doorman after he had been refused admission to the club. Judge Carl Moran described the attack on doorman John Fahy as "a scandalous example" to young people. He said that he did not however want to "blight" Horgan's professional career and he applied the Probation Act taking all of the circumstances into account.
The assault took place outside this city centre night club on Halloween Night 1999. Horgan tried to get into the club about midnight. Earlier that day Leinster had beaten Connacht and most of his team mates were already inside. Doorman John Fahy told him that the club was full but Horgan was insistant that he should be allowed entry. An altercation then broke out between Horgan and Fahy and as an ensuing bout of pushing and shoving got out of hand Fahy sustained a fractured cheekbone. The court was told that Horgan had since made a substantial financial settlement with John Fahy.
Judge Carl Moran said that Horgan was "a role model for young people and what he did was a scandalous example to them". He accepted however that this appeared to be an isolated incident and so as not to blight his career he applied the Probation Act. As he left the court Horgan declined to make any comment but IRFU spokesman Tom McCormack said that he was glad that all matters between himself and Fahy had now been settled amicably and he was concentrating on his playing career with Leinster and Ireland.