By Patrick Markey
A County Monaghan man arrested for opening fire with a handgun in Gaelic Park was scheduled to appear in court last week for a pre-trial hearing as New York state officials announced a plan to save the playing fields.
John Nolan is free on $1,000 bail after he allegedly fired one shot from a .25-caliber handgun inside the Gaelic Park bar as sports fans enjoyed the end of a day of hurling and football.
Nolan was scheduled to appear in court on Friday and he is due back in court on Nov. 8, according to a spokeswoman for the Bronx district attorney’s office.
Police arrested Nolan on Sunday night, Oct. 1, after he discharged one round from a handgun during a struggle with two other men. According to prosecutors, Nolan brandished the semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at Michael Mulholland and another man, Michael Kelly.
During a struggle, Nolan’s gun discharged, striking Mulholland in the right hand and breaking his little finger, prosecutors said. Detectives recovered a weapon from the bar with five live rounds inside.
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Mulholland was taken by friends to Montifiore Hospital, where he was treated and released. Nolan was also treated briefly after other bar customers beat and held him until police arrived.