A KELLS drama student found himself centrestage at a cattle crossing when his speedy approach frightened people guiding the herd across the road.
Matthias Bardges ( 21), of Cappaghmore, Kells, was before Judge James O'connor at Cahersiveen District Court charged with careless driving at Dooneen, Cahersiveen, on May 10 last year.
Outlining the facts of the case, Inspector Donal Ashe said the family moving the cattle had stopped traffic approaching from both directions.
"The defendant came along at a fairly high speed. He moved out on to the right- hand side of the road to overtake the stopped traffic. They had their hazard lights on and he thought something had happened on the road," Insp Ashe said.
"He caused panic to the people putting the cattle across the road. They thought he was driving too fast," the inspector added.
Solicitor Jerry O'connell, for Matthias Bardges, said his client saw the stopped traffic and the hazard lights and moved out to overtake as he thought there had been an incident on the road.
"The cattle- crossing man got very excited. One of the cattle broke free. There was no contact and no injury," the solicitor said.
Judge James O'connor directed Matthias Bardges to make a volunteered contribution of € 500 to the court poor box by October 18 next in order to apply for the benefit of the Probation Act.