A children's football coach was caught walking through a playground carrying nearly €4,000 worth of cannabis in a bag, a court heard.
Ryan Sharlott (21) dropped a box with an additional €3,300 worth of the drug when he fled from gardaí in a separate incident.
He was spared jail when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court and admitted drug dealing offences.
Judge David McHugh gave him a 10-month suspended sentence.
Sharlott, of Woodavens, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply.
Garda Sergeant Maria Calla- ghan told the court gardaí saw the accused at Buirg an Ri Walk, Balgaddy, on February 20, 2018, as he walked through a playground carrying a black Tommy Hilfiger gift bag.
They followed him and cannabis worth €3,819 was found in the bag.
Sharlott also pleaded guilty to cannabis sale or supply at Foxborough estate, Lucan, on March 27 last year.
Gardaí searched waste ground in the area and saw the accused walking towards them carrying a plastic box.
He threw the box away and fled, but was caught after a short chase.
The box, containing €3,300 worth of cannabis, was recovered and bore fingerprints that matched Sharlott's.
On November 16, 2018, gardaí stopped Sharlott for another search in Lucan and he was "extremely nervous".
On being told he was going to be taken to Lucan garda station for a search, he "took off running".
Sharlott had no previous convictions.
The court heard the accused had since stayed away from the people he had associated with.
Sharlott was "passionate" about football and his involvement included training children and organising tournaments, his defence said.
He had got internship work as a painter and decorator.
The lawyer accepted the charges were serious, but Sharlott had "changed his life around".