TWO days after helping Dublin clinch the Sam Maguire, star midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley has pleaded guilty to a speeding offence.
The 27-year-old student, who played a crucial part in the All-Ireland football final triumph, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday for breaking a 60kmh speed limit.
Judge Michael Coghlan told the footballer that Traffic Department Garda Gareth Vance, who had detected the offence, was not available yesterday to come to court.
He went on to explain to the player that the case could be adjourned until January – but if he intended to plead guilty, another garda could give the facts and the matter could be disposed of.
After being given these options, the footballer, who is from Ballyroan Road in Rathfarnham, said "yes, guilty".
The court heard that on December 13 last year at the Tallaght Road, Templeogue, Gda Vance had been operating speed detection equipment and Mr Macauley, who was driving a '12-reg car, "passed at 73kmh in a 60kmh" zone.
When asked if he was working, the Ballyboden St Enda's clubman, who was wearing jeans, a t-shirt and runners, explained that he was a student. Judge Coghlan fined him €100 which must be paid within four months otherwise he will be jailed for four days in default. The case could also result in him receiving four penalty points.
Macauley was key to Dublin's 2-12 to 1-14 win over Mayo in the All-Ireland final.