A man was in the manslaughter of talented Limerick City sportsman Alan Bourke, who was capped for Ireland in both football and rugby.
Ichael Casey, 39, of Cathedral Place, Limerick City, was arrested by Gardai and charged in Limerick District Court at 10.15am.
Alan Bourke (48), originally from St Mary’s Park, Limerick, died after being found unconscious and with severe head injuries in Parnell Street, Limerick City, at around 10.25pm on 15 April.
Paramedics had tried valiantly to keep the talented former Limerick football star alive at the scene, but despite their best efforts, Mr Bourke was pronounced dead at Limerick University Hospital a short time later.
Garda Dean Landers, of Roxboro Road Garda Station, told the court that Mr Casey had made “no answer” to the manslaughter charge.
Garda Landers told Judge Marie Keane that the chief prosecutor had ordered Mr Casey to face an “indictment”.
Lake Garda indicated that it would appeal bail, however Mr Casey’s lawyer told the court that Mr Casey did not seek bail.
Mr Casey, who is unemployed and receiving free legal aid, appeared before a special session of Ennis Circuit Court on April 24 this year charged with assault causing harm to Mr Bourke on Parnell Street on the night of his death.
Those charges were dropped by the state Wednesday in light of manslaughter charges.
Mr Casey is also accused of stealing €10 worth of alcohol cans from Mr Bourke at the same location and on the same day.
Another man, Mark Ryan, 35, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick, was charged on April 23, Mr Bourke of Parnell Street, Limerick, with €10 cans of alcohol and a €150 bicycle having stolen €. on 04/15
At Mr Bourke’s funeral, held at St Mary’s Church in Athlunkard, it was revealed that he had lived a ‘great sporting life’, having been capped for the Republic of Ireland junior football team and also played for Ireland U- 18 rugby team.
The former tool hire manager also won a Munster Junior Cup for Mungret Regional FC, had appeared in an FAI Junior Cup Final and also played for St Mary’s RFC and Shannon RFC.
Mr. Bourke, who predeceased his mother Christina, is survived by his father Mike, sister Diane, brother Barry and son Matt.
Michael Casey was remanded in custody to appear again in Limerick District Court on August 24 to hear further guidance from the State.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/man-charged-with-manslaughter-of-talented-limerick-sportsman-alan-bourke-41918227.html Man charged with manslaughter of talented Limerick athlete Alan Bourke