GAA star gets drink-driving ban
FORMER GPA Footballer of the Year Matty Forde has been banned from the road for three years after admitting drink driving.
The Wexford sharpshooter pleaded guilty yesterday at Gorey District Court, Co Wexford, to one count of driving while over the alcohol limit at Knockmullen, Gorey, on February 21 of last year.
Forde (30), of Ballyfad, Coolgreaney, Co Wexford, was stopped by gardai at 2.35am on the morning of February 21, 2009. He was later found to have a reading of 215mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine.
The accused was driving a 4X4 vehicle at the time, Superintendent Peter Finn told the court.
Gerry Flynn, defending, said that his client wanted to apologise for the offence.
Forde was a single man with no previous convictions and his job as a salesman involved him being on the road on a regular basis, Mr Flynn said.
Mr Flynn applied for a short postponement of the disqualification order to allow his client, who was in court for the hearing, to make arrangements in relation to his employment.
Judge William Earley imposed a three-year driving ban and also fined Forde €200. The judge said that in view of the guilty plea, and the defendant's previously good record, he would postpone the ban until May 1.
Forde was the GPA Footballer of the Year in 2004 and also won an All-Star -- Wexford's first in football -- that year.
As well as being Wexford's top scorer for much of the last decade, the Kilanerin player represented Leinster in the inter-provincial competitions and Ireland in the international rules series against Australia.