Sulky race intercepted by Kilkenny gardaí

 Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

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Sulky race intercepted by Kilkenny gardaí

Gardaí attended an incident on Friday evening and it is believed that they foiled a planned sulky race.

Shortly after 5pm on Friday evening gardaí were alerted that there were a number of sulkies being driven on the Bennettsbridge to Gowran road.

It is understood that some of the sulkies were being driven two-a-breast and the drivers were cautioned in relation to their behaviour and warned that if it continued they could be charged with an offence of dangerous driving.

“There was no race when we got there - simply a small crowd of people had gathered and there were sulkies present. We believe that there was a race planned.

“We asked the people to move on which they did and any minor infringements of the Road Traffic Act were detected and dealt with,” said a garda source.

Meanwhile Cllr Andrew McGuinness has also penned a motion that Kilkenny County Council would work with Kilkenny Gardai to create a system of licensing and regulating the use of horse drawn vehicles in the city and county and that that system should include:e

1. An age restriction on those who operate horse drawn vehicles

2. A roadworthy test similar to an NCT that prioritises road safety and animal welfare

3. A license/registration requirement

4. Full compliance with existing laws including horse license, micro chipping and our own sulky racing bye laws .

Cllr McGuinness has also called for a special meeting be set up with Kilkenny Gardai to assess the impact of the sulky racing bye laws created by us in 2015.