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Saturday 3 December 2016

Former GAA boss Brennan in naked pic online 'prank'

Nickey Brennan
Nickey Brennan

FORMER GAA President Nickey Brennan, who was the victim of a sick 'prank' that saw a naked picture of him circulated online, has confirmed that gardai are now investigating the incident.

However, while gardai probe what happened, the All-Ireland winning hurler told the Herald that he wants to put the deeply upsetting incident behind him.

"As far as I'm concerned the incident is over and done with, I just want to move forward," the former Kilkenny star (right) said last night.

Changing

Details of the supposed practical joke emerged in a report in the Sunday Times yesterday.

It is understood that a member of a local hurling club secretly took a photograph of Mr Brennan in a changing room of the leisure facilities at a Kilkenny Hotel and then shared it with his friends online.

It is standard policy in the hotel and leisure industry that any such photography in the privacy of a communal changing room is strictly forbidden.

The image was then posted to Snapchat - a popular app that allows users to share photos with their friends - and the image very quickly went viral.

Mr Brennan had no knowledge that the picture had been taken while he was changing and was only alerted to it when it was seen on social media.

Mr Brennan confirmed the incident to the Herald and said that he had reported it to the gardai.

He expressed disappointment at the behaviour of the individual - who is in his mid-20s - that allegedly took the photograph.

"I certainly wouldn't call the fellow who took the picture a young lad, he was a mature individual," Brennan said.

It is understood that the man involved has been informed that he can no longer use the hotel's leisure facilities as his actions were in breach of membership rules.

Gardai are currently investigating the incident and a file is currently being prepared for the DPP.

Highly respected former GAA President Mr Brennan served in the prestigious role between 2006 and 2009.

His career as a hurler spanned the years 1974 to 1985 and saw him scoop two All-Ireland medals and three Leinster titles with Kilkenny.

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