Rally fan who couldn’t find tent caught drink driving

June 22, 2022

A man unable to find his tent at a campsite for the Donegal Rally paid the price with his license when he was caught drink-driving.

Rory McVeagh decided to drive in his car when he got separated from friends but was caught by Gardai.

McVeagh, of Sixmilebridge, Omagh, was brought before Letterkenny District Court.
McVeagh was arrested at 2.07am on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 2.07am. At 5.20am, McVeagh was charged and made no reply.

Mr Patsy Gallagher, solicitor for the 26-year-old, said his client was fully co-operative and had a blood-alcohol reading of 51 milligrams.

“He went back to a camp site, got separated from his colleagues and couldn’t find the tent,” Mr Gallagher said.

“He got into his car and moved it. He sobered up this morning and reality dawned.”

The court heard McVeagh has no previous convictions.

Judge Éiteáin Cunningham convicted McVeagh and fined him €350. He was disqualified from driving for two years.