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Friday 23 February 2018

Brakes put on 'doughnut' driving farmer and farrier after online video identifies them

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Anne Lucey

Two young men 'got carried away' at the Rally of the Lakes in Kerry, performing several 'doughnuts' when they met a group of boy racers, a court heard this week.

The two young men, from Tipperary, got carried away by the adrenalin of the annual Rally of the Lakes in Killarney last April and performed several fast doughnuts after coming across a gauntlet of boyracers on a section of the N71 near Ladies’View Killarney through which the rally had passed earlier, Killarney District Court was told this week.

Martin Hayden (25), of Longfordpass, Urlingford, Thurles, Co Tipperary who works on his father’s farm and agricultural contracting business, and 21-year-old Iarfhlait O’Brien, of Ravendale, Rathmana, Thurles, Co Tipperary a qualified farrier who works with the Coolemore Stud, were both charged with dangerous driving on April 29 last at Looscaunagh, Killarney.

They entered guilty pleas today at Killarney District Court.

€3,500 fine

Each will now have to pay €3,500 to the court poor box to get the charge reduced to one of careless driving, but they will still get penalty points and have a conviction.

They will also have to have speedometers fitted to any cars they may drive for a period of three years limiting their speed to 100 kmph.

Investigating Garda Patrick Sullivan of Killarney said they had completed 11 doughnuts respectively in the course of around a minute – but the whole boy racing stunt in the scenic area along the Looscaunagh lake between Ladies View and Moll’s Gap ran for an hour.

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Footage taken by an overhead drone had been uploaded onto Youtube and had got a phenomenal 220,000 hits on Facebook, the court was told.

However it was this social media attention which led to the detection of the two Tipperary men who co-operated fully when approached by Garda Sullivan in Tipperary over three months later.

Sgt Kieran O’Donnell outlining the case said gardai had received numerous complaints at 2 pm  about the road being completely  blocked by boy  racers, who lined each side of the lakeside road where cars were doing doughnuts.

“The road was completely blocked up because of the congregation of the number of boy racers which had gathered there. Traffic was stopped,” the Sergeant said.

'Perform to get Past'

Solicitor for the men, Patrick Sheehan said his clients had  intended following in the car rally path and which had gone through the area earlier on Sunday April 29 and were going towards the Black Valley when they came across a road block of boy racers.

They came across a crowd doing doughnuts and were told they had to perform to get past. 

"Because they like rallies and because they like cars, they were carried away by adrenallin. They accept they did it. They were willing participants, but they were not the organisers, and had only a small role in the matter,” the solicitor said.

They were driving 1600cc Toyota Corolla, which had now been sold.

Garda Sullivan agreed that the accused were on the scene for only a minute or so of the hour-long performance.

Mr Sheehan asked if the charge could be mitigated to the lesser one of a Section 52 - careless driving - as it would have serious consequences on his clients professions. These were hard working men. There was €600 in court, but he realised that would be too little.

The solicitor asked if a €2,500 contribution would suffice, but Judge O’Connor said that was still short, and the solicitor offered €3,000. The judge then said €3,500.

Full payment will have to be made by November 21 the judge said and he adjourned the matter to then for finalisation.

The men were told that speedometers will have to be fitted if they are driving cars and this will have to be done within 10 days.

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