A man who stripped off and streaked in front of 10,000 fans and the victorious Kilkenny hurling team has appeared in court.
Stephen Clifford, Emmet Street, Kilkenny ran out onto the pitch wearing only his socks at the Cats Homecoming celebrations at Nowlan Park on Monday.
At Kilkenny District Court Clifford entered a plea to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Nowlan Park on September 7. He was convicted and ordered to carry out eighty hours of community service in lieu of six weeks in prison. He was also fined €200 for being intoxicated in a public place.
Inspector Joe Carton outlined how Stephen Clifford, Emmet Street, Kilkenny entered the pitch at Nowlan Park, where there were approximately 10,000 fans present cheering on the All-Ireland winning hurling team from the stands.
Solicitor Michael Lanigan said that his client had attended the Homecoming and had ‘too much to drink’ and ‘a colleague dared him to run across the field'.
The defendant was quickly apprehended by gardai and stewards and was arrested and brought to Kilkenny Garda Station.
“He had too much to drink and was overcome by exuberance. He wants to apologise to everyone that was present and to the gardai and the court,” said Mr Lanigan.
Judge Colin Daly remarked that the defendant would ‘be better off to tog out and try for the Kilkenny team’.
The judge added that he was taking into consideration that the defendant pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
The 29-year-old, who lives at home with his parents has 74 previous convictions for a range of offences including theft, trespass, engaging in threatening behaviour, possession of drugs and burglary. He is unemployed and in receipt of 188 euros a week in social welfare.