Tuesday 22 October 2019

Road ban for farmer in search of 'a nice woman'

Anne Lucey

A BACHELOR farmer who was given 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 the farmer availed of the chance to go to Lisdoonvarna, or if he managed to find a nice woman who could drive.

However, sources said the 60-year-old did not avail of the chance to attend the matchmaking festival.

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 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 get rid of them.


On the day in question football had been his downfall.

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

Judge James O'Connor suggested he might "find himself a nice woman," who would drive him around during the ban.

At sitting of Cahersiveen District Court, solicitor Jane Harrison reminded Judge O'Connor how he had adjourned the drink driving case "to allow him to get his affairs in order".

Her client had time to put some of his affairs in order, and was not looking for a further adjournment, she 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 for three years.

Irish Independent

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