Drink-drive footballer banned from the roads for two years
A league of Ireland footballer has been banned from driving for two years after he pleaded guilty to driving while he was two-and-a-half times over the legal drink-driving limit.
Killian Brennan (33), who plays in midfield for St Patrick's Athletic, was also convicted and fined €75 for the offence when he appeared before Judge John Coughlan at Drogheda District Court yesterday morning.
Defence barrister Irene Sands informed Judge Coughlan the case was due to be contested but the defendant was entering a guilty plea.
The court heard the defendant was stopped at a checkpoint at Mell in Drogheda.
He was taken to Drogheda Garda Station, where he gave a breath sample of 58mg per 100ml. The legal drink-driving limit is 22mg per 100ml.
Brennan, of Marley's Court, Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to drink-driving contrary to Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act at Mell in Drogheda on April 15.
Inspector Brendan Cadden told the court the defendant had no previous convictions.
Handing down the driving ban, conviction and fine, Judge Coughlan also granted legal aid.
He fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal of the ban, fine and conviction.
The footballer has had a successful career, having won two league titles with his former club Bohemians.
He was also capped by the Republic of Ireland Under-19s in 2004, when he was playing in England, before moving back to the League of Ireland.