The Northern Ireland sports star who hoped to make a name for himself here now faces charges of stomping on a man outside a bar in South Boston

A Gaelic football The Northern Ireland star who moved to South Boston earlier this year was arrested today for hitting and then kicking a man outside the Lincoln Tavern so hard the man could lose a kidney.

Ciaran McFaul, 28, was released on $5,000 bail for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing grievous bodily harm for what the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office calls an unprovoked attack on the closing time on June 20. According to the DA Office:

At around 2 a.m. on June 20, a heavily intoxicated McFaul was kicked out of Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant following his attempts to start fights inside the establishment. On West Broadway outside the tavern, he encountered three men and assaulted the group. He punched a victim three times in the face, knocking them to the ground. He then kicked the victim in the abdomen at least five times with a shod foot. The victim suffered serious internal injuries, including a stage four kidney laceration and internal bleeding. He was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for two days and is at risk of complete kidney loss from the unprovoked attack.

Irish news reports McFaul quit or was released from his Derry squad in April, just before the provincial championship.

The Glen man is believed to be destined for America to play football in the summer, returning to Donegal Boston where he stood out in the club’s Championship success in 2018.

According to the prosecutor’s office, McFaul set up housekeeping in South Boston. In a statement, Acting DA Kevin Hayden said:

This man’s lust for violence had potential lifelong repercussions on a victim who did nothing more than stand on a street corner with friends. We will ensure that he is held accountable for the wrongs he has inflicted.

innocent, etc.