Monday 19 March 2018

Former Dublin star pleads not guilty to drink driving on day after All Ireland win

Senan Connell
Senan Connell

Andrew Phelan

FORMER Dublin GAA star Senan Connell has been charged with drink driving on the morning after Dublin’s recent All Ireland victory.

Connell (41), who played for the Dublin football team between 1998 and 2006 appeared in court this morning charged with driving his car while over the alcohol limit in an incident last month.

Dublin District Court was told the former inter-county player would be contesting the charge and he was given a date for the hearing of his case.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded him on continuing bail, to appear in court again on a date next month.

Connell, a GAA pundit who regularly appears on TV and radio expert panels, remained silent during today’s brief court proceedings.

The accused, with an address at Bealing Grove,Tyrrelstown in west Dublin, is charged with one count of drink driving.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at Finglas Road on September 21 last, the morning after Dublin's victory over Kerry in the All-Ireland final.

A garda sergeant handed evidence of Mr Connell’s arrest, charge and caution in to court by certificate.

She said a summary of the evidence against the accused had been served on him. She added that the case was suitable to be sent to a court that deals with drink driving cases.

Judge Halpin asked defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe if he wanted time to consider his position.

Mr Hanahoe said he did not need more time and wanted “an early hearing date - as early as possible.”

The judge adjourned the case to a date in November. Mr Hanahoe said there were no further defence applications.

The charge against the accused is under the Road Traffic Act.

Mr Connell, who works as a teacher in Cabra, wore a dark grey suit, white shirt, light blue tie and brown shoes.

He stood at the back of the courtroom holding a black golf umbrella and came forward when his case was called by the registrar.

Mr Connell regularly appears on an expert panel on Sky Sports GAA coverage, Today FM’s Last Word and Setanta football. Connell also writes for newspapers

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