Friday 19 July 2019

GOT actor who 'just drove to shops' faces jail if caught again

Joseph Purcell. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Joseph Purcell. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

A Game Of Thrones actor who drove his wife's car while disqualified has been warned by a court that he will go to jail if he continues to drive.

Joseph Purcell, aka Joe Purcell, has starred as the Riverlands Traveller in Game Of Thrones and is a noted stage actor.

He made headlines in October 2012 when he rang RTE's Liveline after a temporary problem with the family's child benefit payments forced him to steal groceries.


Purcell (64), of Donomore Park, Tallaght, admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence at Belgard Road, Tallaght, last January 2.

Sergeant Michael Ahern said Purcell had 21 previous convictions, many of which were for no insurance.

He said that on October 9, 2017, Purcell had received a three-year ban for having no insurance and a three-month suspended sentence.

Judge Patricia McNamara commented that Purcell is banned from driving until October 2020.

Purcell's defence lawyer, Eddie O'Connor, said Purcell had driven his wife's car to go to the shops as he had a chest infection at the time.

Judge McNamara said: "The gardai are doing a great job. They always stop people when they are on their way to the shops. This seems to happen a lot."

She told Purcell: "You know you should not be driving at all. You will end up going to jail."

Purcell said: "I was just driving up to the shops."

Judge McNamara sentenced Purcell to five months in jail, suspended for 12 months, imposed a six-year driving ban and fined him €450.

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