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Boxer jailed for assaulting two businessmen in Cavan

James Bernard McGovern (22) has been jailed for assaulting businessmen Kevin Lunney and Dara O’Reilly two years ago at a service station in Rakeelan, Co Cavan.

McGovern, who is an Ulster-title winning amateur boxer, assaulted the two businessmen by initially throwing hot tea in Mr O’Reilly’s face before hitting Mr Lunney seven to eight times at the Apple Green Service Station café.

Mr Lunney is the chief operating officer at Mannok, which was formerly Quinn Industrial Holdings, while Mr O’Reilly was the chief financial officer.

It is understood that the assault occurred a day after McGovern’s father had his employment as a truck driver with Quinn Industrial Holdings terminated. McGovern was taken into custody last June before spending five months at Castlerea Prison.

He was sentenced to three years and three months for the assault of Mr Lunney and five months for the assault of Mr O’Reilly.

Both Lunney and O’Reilly stated that they expressed no ill towards McGovern following the attack and expressed the desire to put the matter behind them.

Mr Lunney was offered a gesture of €1,000 by way of compensation to which he stated could be donated to charity.

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