A drunk Letterkenny man who was out celebrating his 21st birthday called Gardai ‘piggy b******s’ after he was approached at a Donegal festival.

Letterkenny Court.

Letterkenny Court.

Barry Gildea initially gave Gardai a false name when approached at the Lennon festival in Ramelton on July 13th last.

However, Gildea’s false story was soon uncovered by Gardai when his friends referred to him by his real name.

Gildea, of Correnagh, Letterkenny, appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with giving a false name and under the Public Order Act.

Gardai said that when he was approached, Gildea called them a “f***** piggy b********.’

The court heard Gildea has nine previous convictions – four for public order.

Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been to a number of hostelries while celebrating his birthday but had “let himself down” by the amount of alcohol he had consumed.

“He panicked and thought he could bluff his way out of it. He was foolish and friends in company were already addressing him by his real name. He didn’t help matters by reaction,” said Mr Dillon.

The court heard that Gildea went to Milford Garda station the following day to apologise.

He also works voluntarily for his local football club, cutting grass and lining pitches.

Judge Paul Kelly remarked that Gildea was building up a record and fined him a total of €350.




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