TWO days after helping Dublin clinch the Sam Maguire, star midfielder Michael Darragh MacAuley was fined €100 for a speeding offence.
The 27-year-old student, who played a crucial part in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship triumph, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday (TUE) for breaking a 60kph speed limit
Judge Michael Coghlan told the footballer that Traffic Department Garda Gareth Vance, who had detected the offence, was not available yesterday (tue) 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, the judge informed the inter-county player who had been a driving force for the Dubs in Sunday's 2-12 to 1-14 win over Mayo.
After being given these options, the 27-year-old footballer, who is from Ballyrowan 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 73kph in a 60kph” 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 on his driver's licence.