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Court case was hard on family – Coonan


Peter Coonan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Peter Coonan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Peter Coonan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

LOVE/HATE star Peter Coonan has admitted his recent court appearance was hard on his family.

The 29-year-old made headlines earlier this year when he was handed a four-year driving ban after knocking down a motorcyclist and speeding off.

Although the Sandymount native said that the media coverage of the case was like "water off a duck's back" to him, his family found it harder to deal with.

"I can get on with things. I don't let it bother me, it's water off a duck's back at this stage. I think it was harder for my family than it was for me," he said.

"No one likes to open up the papers and see themselves in a bad light," he added.

"I'm trying to just let my work do the talking now."

This November, RTE's hugely popular gangland drama will return to our screens. And, according to Peter, there are going to be lots of new faces.

"There are some great new characters coming in, most importantly Brian F O'Byrne, who plays the detective," he said.

With last year's finale pulling in over a million viewers, the hype is building for season four. But actor Jason Barry, who plays Dano, says the pressure is on writer Stuart Carolan.

"In America, on something like Homeland, there could be 10 or 15 staff writers all working on each programme. Whereas with Love/Hate, it's just Stuart, it's all on his shoulders," he said.