Eight charged after boy-racer event organised on Facebook
Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30
SEVENTY cars were involved in a night-time 'boy-racer' event that took in the Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch and Doolin, a court has heard.
The rally that was organised on Facebook in March resulted in eight young people being charged with a variety of offences.
Garda Insp Tom Kennedy told Ennis District Court that it would be alleged "there was an organised 'boy-racer' type event known as a 'cruise' or a 'draft'".
"Up to 70 vehicles were involved in the event in north Clare," he said.
Solicitors for seven people before the court yesterday confirmed that a hearing date would be required indicating that 'not guilty' pleas were to be entered.
Sixteen gardai are involved in the various prosecutions. Eight people – including one Leaving Cert student who cannot be named for legal reasons – face various charges that involved nine separate counts of dangerous driving against five of the defendants on the night.
In court, Wayne Danaher (19) of Snipe Lodge, Knockagulla, Lisdoonvarna is charged with participating in the organisation of an unlawful event which involved a threat to the public peace, safety and good order through the use of high powered vehicles in a public place.
Mr Danaher is also charged with wilfully preventing or interrupting the passage of persons or vehicles at Lislorkin North, Liscannor near the Cliffs of Moher on March 7 and at Doonyvarden, Ballyvaughan on March 8.
And he is charged with having in his possession a false driver's licence and false ID.
Two others are charged in connection with organising the event through the use of high- powered vehicles: college student Declan Sweeney (20) of Doonagore, Doolin and Jennifer Cannavan (20) of Derrymore, Lahinch. Both are charged with wilfully preventing or interrupting the passage of persons or vehicles at Doonyvarden, Ballyvaughan on March 8.
Shaun Larkin (27) of Inis Carraig, Ennis, Co Clare, faces two separate charges of dangerous driving at Corkscrewhill, Doonyvarden, Ballyvaughan after 1am on March 8.
A fifth accused, Sean Keane (19) of Ballyhannon, Quin, Co Clare, faces a charge of dangerous driving on March 8 at Corkscrewhill, Doonyvarden.
Rory Downes (21) of Clonakilla, Kilmilhil, faces three separate charges of dangerous driving from March 8 at Toomullin, Doolin, Roadford, Doolin and Gortaclob, Doolin.
And Gabriel Weck (20) of Bealcragga, Connolly, Co Clare is charged with dangerous driving at Corkscrewhill, Doonyvarden on March 8.
The eighth is a teen who is charged with dangerous driving at Lislorkin North, Liscannor near the Cliffs of Moher on March 7 and dangerous driving at Doonyvarden, Ballyvaughan on March 8.
The teen was not in court yesterday but is due to appear on July 25.
Judge Patrick Durcan remanded the other seven accused on bail to re-appear before Ennis District Court on September 17 for hearing of the cases.