Former Dundalk FC manager Sean Connor has been sentenced to six months jail.
Glenties District Court in Donegal heard that Sean Connor drove with children in his car while banned from driving.
Connor pleaded guilty to driving without a driving licence or insurance on three occasions.
Connor, 49, was appointed as the manager of Dundalk in December 2008 and led the club to a fifth-place finish in the 2009 season, earning them a place in UEFA Europa League qualification rounds.
He resigned in November 2009.
The court heard that that Connor was seen driving his car on November 28, 2015, at Ardara, and he drove from Derry without dipped lights with a child in the vehicle.
The former football manager told Gardai that he thought he could drive because he was using a Northern Ireland licence.
Previously he drove without insurance with two children in the car.
His vehicle was seized on March 1st and March 12th, 2016. On both occasions Connor was found to be driving without a driving licence or insurance.
The court heard from gardai that Connor had convictions for a number of motoring offences previously.
Connor's solicitor told the court that his client believed that he could drive in the Republic with a Northern licence.
Connor's solicitor also said that he believed a previous ban on January 26th 2015, would have elapsed a year later. He was unaware that it had been extended to April 2016 due to a court appeal on the ban.
Connor's solicitor said that his client was “very remorseful” over the whole situation.
Connor was fined a total of €550, and sentenced to six months in jail and banned from driving for six months also.
Connor was then released on bail for an appeal to a higher court.
Source: Donegal News