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Friday 24 November 2017

Drunk farmer who was given time to 'find a nice woman' put off the road

Judge James O’Connor (pictured) suggested he 'find himself a nice woman', who would drive him around

Inset: Judge James O'Connor gives drink-driving farmer a six-month delay on ban
Inset: Judge James O'Connor gives drink-driving farmer a six-month delay on ban

Anne Lucey

The farmer was given time to organise his cattle and a chance to go to Lisdoonvarna to find “a nice woman” to drive him around during his disqualification for drink-driving.

A bachelor farmer in a remote part of south Kerry who was given time to organise his cattle and a chance to go to Lisdoonvarna to find “a nice woman” to drive him around during his disqualification for drink-driving, has been put off the road for three years.

The December court in Cahersiveen where the matter was finalised was not told if in fact  the farmer availed of the chance to go to Lisdoonvarna, or if he managed to find a nice woman who could drive.

However, the 60 year old had managed to put “some of his affairs” in order, it was told.

John O’Shea, of Derrinadin, Mastergeeha, had previously pleaded guilty to drink driving at Tarmons, Waterville, on July 25, 2014.

His alcohol-blood reading - 198mg per 100ml - was such that the offence carried a three-year driving ban, the court heard. (The legal limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood).

The matter had been adjourned a number of times.

Previous outings were told that being off the road would make it difficult for O’Shea, who lived 10km from Waterville, to care for his cows and he would have to make arrangements to get rid of them.

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On the day in question football had been his downfall. He had gone to Waterville for animal feed and he had got so carried away by a discussion about Kerry football, in a pub, he forgot to eat, and hit the ditch on his way home

Judge James O’Connor suggested he might also “find himself a nice woman,” who would drive him around.

If the matter could be adjourned beyond September it would allow him to go to the matchmaking festival at Lisdoonvarna, it was agreed in court in June.

At the December monthly sitting of Cahersiveen District Court this week, solicitor Jane Harrison reminded Judge  O’Connor how he had adjourned the drink driving case to June and then “to today, to allow him to get his affairs in order.”

The judge remarked “Oh, yes. This is the one that got a bit of an airing in the press, shall we say.”

He had been in court earlier in the morning, Ms Harrison said.

Her client had time to put some of his affairs in order, and was not looking for a further adjournment, the solicitor said.

Judge O’Connor convicted Mr O’Shea of driving with excess alcohol, and fined him €175 with 10 months to pay, and disqualified him from driving for three years.

He noted “no postponement was requested.”

Meanwhile, sources say Mr O’Shea did not avail of the chance to go to the matchmaking festival at Lisdoonvarna. A number of hotels in the area had offered to put him up for the duration of the event.

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