Brakes put on 'doughnut' driving farmer and farrier after online video identifies them
Two young men 'got carried away' at the Rally of the Lakes in Kerry, performing several 'doughnuts' when they met a group of boy racers, a court heard this week.
The two young men, from Tipperary, got carried away by the adrenalin of the annual Rally of the Lakes in Killarney last April and performed several fast doughnuts after coming across a gauntlet of boyracers on a section of the N71 near Ladies’View Killarney through which the rally had passed earlier, Killarney District Court was told this week.
Martin Hayden (25), of Longfordpass, Urlingford, Thurles, Co Tipperary who works on his father’s farm and agricultural contracting business, and 21-year-old Iarfhlait O’Brien, of Ravendale, Rathmana, Thurles, Co Tipperary a qualified farrier who works with the Coolemore Stud, were both charged with dangerous driving on April 29 last at Looscaunagh, Killarney.
They entered guilty pleas today at Killarney District Court.
Each will now have to pay €3,500 to the court poor box to get the charge reduced to one of careless driving, but they will still get penalty points and have a conviction.
They will also have to have speedometers fitted to any cars they may drive for a period of three years limiting their speed to 100 kmph.
Investigating Garda Patrick Sullivan of Killarney said they had completed 11 doughnuts respectively in the course of around a minute – but the whole boy racing stunt in the scenic area along the Looscaunagh lake between Ladies View and Moll’s Gap ran for an hour.