Two men have appeared in court charged in relation to the fatal assault of a man in Athlone over the weekend.

Sean Munnelly, 35, with an address at Irishtown, Athlone and 18-year-old David Higgins with an address at St Paul's Terrace in Athlone were brought before a special sitting of Mullingar District Court last night.

The men both faces charges of assault causing harm to Paul 'Babs' Connolly on Church Street in the town in the early hours of Saturday morning.

They also each face a charge of violent disorder.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Craig of Athlone Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution to the court.

Sean Munnelly (L) and David Higgins (R) are due back before Mullingar District Court on Thursday

In the case of Sean Munnelly he told the court the 35-year-old was arrested and charged at 8.14pm yesterday evening at Athlone Garda Station.

The court was told the accused made no reply when charged.

There was no application for bail and the accused was granted legal aid.

He was remanded in custody and is due back before Mullingar District Court next Thursday.

In the case of David Higgins, the court heard the accused made no reply when charged.

Solicitor for the accused Michael Cooney made an application for bail.

Judge Alan Mitchell granted Mr Higgins consent to bail and he will remain in custody until a number of strict bail conditions set down by the court are met.

Among the conditions, the accused must enter his own bond of €2,500 along with an independent surety of €2,500 which his grandfather - who was in court - said he will provide.

He must sign on daily at Athlone Garda Station and adhere to a curfew of 10pm to 6am.

The 18-year-old was also granted legal aid.

He will also appear back before Mullingar District Court next Thursday.