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Monday 24 July 2017

Stand-up comic Byrne faces court accused of driving without licence

Comedian Jason Byrne
Comedian Jason Byrne

Comedian Jason Byrne has appeared in court accused of driving without a licence.

The Swords native (45) was stopped by gardai near his home at Oldtown, Co Dublin, last week.

The accused appeared before Swords District Court yesterday charged with driving without a licence on the R122 in Oldtown on June 13.

Judge Conal Gibbons adjourned the case to a date in September.

A garda witness gave evidence that he arrested Mr Byrne in Oldtown at 3.10pm on June 13.

The garda said Mr Byrne was taken to Swords Garda Station where he was subsequently charged at 4.03pm.

Gigs

He said the accused was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and Mr Byrne made no reply to the charge after caution.

The court heard that Mr Byrne was facing the possibility of further charges.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson BL said he appeared for the comedian instructed by solicitor Laura Shannon.

Mr Jackson said there was consent to an adjournment to a date in September.

Judge Gibbons adjourned the case to September 12.

"That's perfect," said Mr Jackson. There was no application for legal aid.

Disclosure of the evidence against Mr Byrne is also outstanding in the case.

Wearing a black T-shirt and jeans and a wine bomber jacket, a bearded Mr Byrne did not address the court during the short hearing.

The comedian has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge.

He spoke briefly to his legal team after the hearing.

When he emerged from the courthouse, Mr Byrne had no comment to make to the waiting media.

Asked if it was back to business now and if he was looking forward to his stand-up shows, Byrne replied: "Yes."

The comedian is due to play a series of gigs next month in Howth, Bray, Waterford, Cork and Dundalk as he prepares to tour the UK later this year.

In the autumn, Mr Byrne will bring his Man With Three Brains tour to venues across England and Scotland.

Successful

He will play a total of 39 dates across the UK during October, November and December, including three nights at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

A successful stand-up, Mr Byrne is also well known for his television work.

One of the most popular comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mr Byrne's sell-out shows have also won him many accolades including a highly coveted Perrier Newcomer Award nomination and Perrier Award nomination.

He has performed stand-up comedy all over the world, including in New York, Boston, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brussels, Paris and Australia.

He is also regular on The Late, Late Show and has been appearing on the programme since the early 2000s.

Mr Byrne also played a referee in Father Ted in the famous Escape from Victory episode, where he annuls Craggy Island's victory after discovering Fr Ted cheating.

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