Monday 26 September 2016

Former GAA president's anguish at secret photo taken in men's changing room at hotel

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 09/08/2015 | 13:13

Nickey Brennan
Nickey Brennan

Former president of the GAA, Nickey Brennan, has confirmed a Garda investigation has taken place into an incident which saw a man secretly take a photograph of him in the men's changing room of a leisure facility in a Kilkenny hotel.

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Brennan (61), a former Kilkenny hurler and county manager, was exiting the showers in the men's changing rooms at the leisure centre in the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny when a photo of him was furtively taken and subsequently circulated on social media.

He had no knowledge that the incident had occurred and was alerted to it when it was seen on social media.

It is standard policy in the hotel and leisure industry that any such photography in the privacy of a communal changing room is strictly forbidden.

Mr Brennan confirmed the incident to independent.ie and that he had reported it to the gardai.

It is understood that a player from a local Kilkenny hurling club took the photo 'as a prank' and shared it with his friends.

"I certainly wouldn't call the fellow who took the picture a young lad, he was a mature individual, he was 24 years of age at the time," Mr Brennan said this morning.

The image was then posted to Snapchat and very quickly went viral.

Snapchat is a very popular app that allows users to share photos with their friends.

Mr Brennan, on hearing that the photo was gaining momentum online, contacted the gardai who launched an investigation.

He is deeply upset about the incident and breach to his privacy.

A file is currently being prepared for the DPP.

It is understood that the player who took the photograph has been informed that he can no longer use the hotel's leisure facilities as his action were in breach of the hotel's membership rules.

"As far as I'm concerned the incident is over and done with, I just want to move forward," Brennan told Independent.ie.

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