Boxer John Joe Nevin barred from every pub in Co Westmeath

Olympian charged over threatening and abusive behaviour and being drunk in public

Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin has been barred from every pub in Co Westmeath pending a court case following a brawl outside a bar earlier this week.

Mr Nevin (25), of St Anthony’s Cottages, Mullingar, was one of five members of his extended family to appear before Mullingar District Court on Friday.

He is charged with being drunk in a public place and with threatening and abusive behaviour.

Judge Seamus Hughes was told that further charges may arise from the incident which involved up to 25 people fighting outside a pub.


David Nevin (24), The Moorings, Ballymahon Road, Mullingar; Joseph Nevin (19), Grange Meadows, Mullingar; Paddy Nevin (20), St Anthony's Cottages, Mullingar; and Christopher Nevin (22), Grange Park, Mullingar, also appeared before the court.

They were remanded on bail to appear again before Mullingar District Court on May 21st.

A number of bail conditions were imposed but Judge Hughes said that these would be temporarily lifted to allow John Joe Nevin to go abroad to train or to facilitate him here if the prosecuting garda saw fit.

The court was told by Sgt Damien Connaughton that between 20-25 people were involved in the fight which broke out outside The Stillery on Dominick Street in the town centre at about 11.30pm on Monday night.

Up to nine gardaí were involved in trying to break up the brawl. Five people were arrested and the court was told that further arrests were due.

John Joe Nevin was not present on Friday morning when the case was called at Mullingar District Court. Solicitor Patricia Cronin said her client was away training but would be present in court at 2pm.

Judge Hughes remanded the other four Nevin family members on €100 bail to May 21st and then dealt with John Joe Nevin when court resumed in the afternoon.

Nevin, wearing blue shorts and a blue t-shirt, did not speak during the brief hearing.

Judge Hughes also remanded him on €100 bail and imposed the same bail conditions as the other four Nevins.

These included not entering any licensed premises, including supermarket off-licences, in Co Westmeath until the case is heard on May 21st; remain alcohol and drug free; not have possession of intoxicating liquor; and observe a curfew from 11pm to 8am.

Some individual alterations were made to the curfew by Judge Hughes, including the temporary lifting of it to allow John Joe Nevin train abroad.

Defence solicitor Patricia Nevin said she would made gardaí aware of when flights were booked and other arrangements.

Judge Hughes told Ms Cronin to make her client aware that further charges may arise and also that he was before both Longford District Court and Mullingar District Court on other matters.