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first_imgA man went berserk and attacked his friend with a hammer after they fell out while watching a Conor McGregor UFC fight night.Mark Bogle attended a friend’s house in Raphoe, Co Donegal to enjoy an evening watching the Irish fighter come up against rival Nate Diaz. Words were exchanged with another man, Ryan McCullagh but the incident calmed down.However, Bogle, aged 20, left the house at Guest House End Street, and took a claw hammer from his father’s home and returning before attacking Mr McCullagh.The victim was struck with one blow to the head and had to be rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital following the attack on August 21st, 2016.Garda Inspector Sean Grant told Letterkenny District Court that Mr McCuallagh had to have his head “glued back together.”Despite suffering from dizzy spells, the victim has now made a full recovery.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian said his client, of Railway Road, Raphoe, had no previous convictions and cannot explain why he attacked Mr McCullagh.“This is a serious incident but my client is at a loss as to why it happened. The issue had passed and it was considered trivial after a row erupted over football.“There was no pattern in the past and he has no previous convictions and he has apologised to the victim,” he said.Mr Dorrian added that his client has an issue with drink and is trying to address his problem with counselling, having not taken a drink since the attack.Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Dorrian is his client was of the will to compensate the injured party and ordered him to start by paying Mr McCuallagh’s medical bill of €150.Judge Kelly adjourned the case to allow for a probation report on the accused.Man attacked friend with hammer in row during McGregor fight night was last modified: October 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conor McGregorFightUFClast_img read more

first_imgTeams prepare for the 2014 Iditarod start in Fairbanks Monday morning. (Photo By Emily Schwing – APRN)Download AudioRace Update 6:30: Past Iditarod champion Martin Buser and rookie Thomas Waerner were the first in to and out of Nenana Monday afternoon. They were trailed by Michelle Phillips and Jessie Royer. Buser arrived about 3:00 p.m. He took off shortly before 3:30 p.m. Waerner was bout 30 minutes behind Buser.DeeDee Jonrowe and Aliy Zirkle left Nenana minutes apart and were trailing the leaders Monday afternoon.The first mushers started arriving in Normally Iditarod dog teams restart the race from Willow the day after the ceremonial start in Anchorage, but this year, they spent an extra day travelling north for a restart in Fairbanks.  For some teams, the trip to the start line in Fairbanks Monday wasn’t without incident.Many mushers left for Fairbanks directly from Anchorage’s Campbell airstrip following Saturday’s ceremonial start.  Curt Perano, also known as the Kiwi musher, says the combination of an unreliable dog truck and poor weather had him heading for Fairbanks immediately.“Yeah we hit a bit of a snowstorm and then Bret Sass his real wheel, so we recovered him and helped haul his dogs up here to Fairbanks, so a six hour trip became like 10 [hours],” Perano said.  “The wheels fell off the truck literally, but yeah, we made it.”Mushers take off from Fairbanks on Monday. (Photo By Emily Schwing – APRN)Brent Sass won the Yukon Quest last month.  He says a hairy trip up the Park Highway hasn’t dampened his attitude.“I feel great. I’m super stoked to get on the trail as always  it’s been kind of a bigger buildup now with the travel after the ceremonial,” he said. “The Iditarod is always a bigger build up than the Yukon Quest anyways, but yeah, I’m stoked.  I can’t wait until the say go.”But Michelle Phillips was a little nervous.  She accidentally locked, her parka, warm clothes and other gear in her truck, along with the keys.“Yeah, Murphy’s law.”Phillips, from Tagish, Yukon tried to laugh it off as she waited for a locksmith arrive. It took a few minutes, but once the truck was open, Phillips was able to concentrate. Her goal is a top ten finish this year.“You never know until you get out there and see what the race holds for you, you know. I’m just going to try to stick to my schedule, do my plan and see where that takes me,” Phillips said.Nearby, long-time Iditarod musher Ray Redington, Jr. was scrambling.  His dog truck wouldn’t start, because it wasn’t plugged in overnight. He didn’t comment, but did find a way to make it down the trail, among 78 other teams who will race for Nome over the next two weeks.last_img read more