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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Rugby international Gordon D Arcy

RUGBY international Gordon D'Arcy has had a speeding summons struck out against him in court.

Just days after what he described as the lowest point in his rugby career, D'Arcy was called before a judge in Tullamore District Court.

The Leinster and Ireland star was allegedly travelling at a speed of 110kmh in an 80kmh zone at Shanderry, Portarlington, on April 27 this year.

Mr D'Arcy (33), with an address at South Hill, Dartry in Dublin 6, gave evidence to the court that he never received the summons. The matter was then struck out.

The outcome of the case will be a relief for D'Arcy who described Sunday's last second defeat to New Zealand as the worst moment in his career. "It was a pretty horrific one to take, I was broken by it I think," he said after the game.

He missed an original court sitting to deal with the speeding offence because he was in training with the Irish squad ahead of the game.

 

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Judge Denis McLoughlin ruled that he wouldn't deal with the case in the Ireland centre's absence.

Solicitor Donal Farrelly said D'Arcy intended to be present but was training with the squad at Carton House in Maynooth.

He indicated that D'Arcy was holding up his hands to the offence and asked the judge to consider accepting a charitable donation from D'Arcy.

He said this is sometimes the practice of Tullamore's regular sitting judge, Catherine Staines, when speeding drivers appear before her.

However, Judge McLoughlin said he would not deal with the summons in D'Arcy's absence and adjourned the case.

His offer of a donation will be considered by the judge later.

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