Limerick man’s All-Ireland celebration ended in jail sentence

Limerick District Court

A Limerick man’s All-Ireland celebrations turned sour when Gardaí were called to a hotel and he was arrested for being in possession of drugs.

23 year-old Dylan Brophy of Collins Avenue, Kincora Park, Southill, pleaded guilty before Limerick District Court this week to charges of possession of cocaine and driving a car while disqualified.

Judge Marie Keane heard that Gardaí were called to the Travelodge Hotel on the Dublin road on the night, where it was reported a man was causing a disturbance.

When the Gardai arrived, Mr Brophy was outside the hotel and dropped an item on the ground. Gardaí retrieved the item and it was found to be a bag containing a small amount of cocaine.

The Garda witness told Judge Keane that Mr Brophy “told the Gardai to f-off and started shouting abuse, calling us pigs.”

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On a separate occasion, on August 17, the court heard that Mr Brophy was stopped while driving a car and was asked to produce his documents. Gardaí found that he was disqualified from driving on that date for an earlier offence.

His solicitor told the court that on the night he was found in possession of cocaine, “it was the night of the All Ireland and he had been out celebrating. He used cocaine and was behaving erratically.

“He apologises for his behaviour. It was a twist to the evening he wasn’t anticipating.”

The court heard that Mr Brophy had eight previous convictions, including two for possession of drugs and road traffic offences.

Judge Keane imposed a four month prison sentence for the  possession of drugs offence but suspended it for two years and disqualified Mr Brophy from driving for four years, fining him a total of 550 for the traffic offences.

“He has serious problems and he needs to address them,” the Judge said.