Monday 19 February 2018

Five face trial over 'sulky' horse race

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

FIVE men face trial next year over a sulky horse race on the Cork-Limerick road that went viral on the internet.

The incident on May 5 allegedly saw drivers forced to swerve to avoid two horse-drawn buggies, called sulkies, as they travelled along the N20 Cork-Limerick road near Blarney.

The incident was captured on a mobile phone and uploaded to YouTube, where it now has almost 500,000 hits.

A file was submitted to the DPP and a number of charges were directed, including dangerous driving.

The five men, who deny all charges, are Jimmy O'Brien (28) of 21 Innishannon Road, Fairhill, Cork; Patrick O'Brien (25) of 1 Woodford, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork; James Stokes (18) of St Anthony's Park, Knocknaheeny, Cork; Daniel Stokes (46) of St Anthony's Park, Knocknaheeny, Cork; and Christopher Roche (41) of St Anthony's Park, Knocknaheeny, Cork.

A sixth man will appear before the District Court on December 11 to indicate his position. Judge Olann Kelleher set the trial date for February 8.

Irish Independent

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