Kilkenny fan is fined for streaking
A man who stripped off and streaked in front of 10,000 fans at the Kilkenny hurling team homecoming has been fined €250 and ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service in lieu of six months in prison.
Stephen Clifford ran out onto the pitch wearing only his socks at the Cats Homecoming celebrations at Nowlan Park on Monday.
He entered a plea to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Nowlan Park at Kilkenny District Court yesterday.
Inspector Joe Carton outlined how Clifford (29), of Emmet Street, Kilkenny, entered the pitch where some 10,000 fans were cheering the All-Ireland-winning hurling team.
Solicitor Michael Lanigan said his client had "too much to drink" and "a colleague dared him to run across the field".
The defendant was quickly apprehended by gardaí and stewards and was arrested.
Judge Colin Daly said the defendant would "be better off to tog out and try for the Kilkenny team".
Clifford has 74 previous convictions for a range of offences including theft, trespass, threatening behaviour, possession of drugs and burglary.