By Gordon Deegan

A farmer son of Euromillions winner, Dolores McNamara is to “fully contest” assault and ‘breach of the peace’ charges arising from an alleged incident at Ennis Mart in August of last year.

At Ennis District Court, Gary McNamara (43) of Ruan Manor, Ruan, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick is facing the minor assault charge and a separate breach of the peace charge from Ennis Mart on August 17, 2021.

In court today (Wednesday, September 14), solicitor for McNamara, Daragh Hassett said that his client “is to fully contest the case in every way”.

The solicitor said that as part of the disclosure made by Gardaí, CCTV footage was provided. He said that even though the CCTV footage is state evidence, it is very helpful to his client’s defence.

Darragh Hassett told Judge Alec Gabbett that the CCTV footage shows that “nothing happens”. The solicitor applied for a date for hearing and Judge Gabbett adjourned the case to October 25 when McNamara will be contesting the case. 

Alleged mart assault

A native of Limerick, Gary McNamara – who did not attend court today – farms a substantial landholding in east Clare.

In the case, McNamara is accused of the assault of Bernard Earley at Ennis Mart on August 17 last year, contrary to Section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against The Person Act.

McNamara is also facing a separate summons of using or engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, with intent to cause a breach of the peace or being reckless as to whether a breach of the peace might have been occasioned, at the same location on the same date.

Previously, solicitor, Darragh Hassett told the court that the case is not suitable for legal aid.

Gary McNamara’s family connection to Dolores McNamara, who won a then record €115 million Euromillions jackpot in August 2005, was not referred to during the brief procedural hearing into the case today. 

Farming in Clare

McNamara has been farming land in east Clare for a number of years and in 2016 secured planning permission from Clare County Council for animal housing, feed and slurry storage facilities at Islandcosgry, Ogonnelloe, Killaloe.

Documents lodged with the council application stated that McNamara is a beef farmer with about 100 bovine livestock units on 220ac of “eligible agricultural land” at Tinerana Farm.

The purpose of the proposed development was to accommodate cattle stocked on McNamara’s holding over the winter period, and to provide suitable storage facilities for fodder, animal waste and farm equipment required for conventional and modern livestock farming.

The documents stated that the scale of the farmyard proposal was consistent with his farming activity and numbers of animals and type stocked.

A court previously heard in 2016 that McNamara was left nursing a €128,778 bill after thieves ‘gutted’ his east Clare lakeside mansion of all its antique chandeliers, light fittings, brass items and copper piping.

Ennis Circuit Court heard the plunder from the burglary of Tinerana House was sold for a paltry €1,355 to a Limerick city-based recycling firm.

In June 2016, Judge Gerald Keys imposed a two and a half year jail term on Jeffrey Lee (51), with a then address of Cosgrove Park, Moyross, Limerick, who participated in the theft.

McNamara and his wife purchased the lakeside mansion from a consortium for €1.46 million at the end of January 2013.

It is understood that the McNamaras paid an additional €2 million for 270ac of surrounding lands in the estate on the shores of Lough Derg that includes 2.3km of frontage onto the lake.