Hero Kildare club GAA manager foils armed robbery

Dessie Brennan
Kildare club football manager Dessie Brennan was the hero of an arrest incident after a failed raid on a bookie shop last weekend.

Kildare club football manager Dessie Brennan was the hero of an arrest incident after a failed raid on a bookie shop last weekend.

The current Eadestown football boss helped his son David, a Clondalkin-based Drugs Unit garda, stop and detain a man minutes after the Paddy Power office was robbed in Saggart on Saturday night (July 6). A gun was found at the scene.

The drama unfolded at 9.15pm, shortly before the bookie office was to close as the pair enjoyed a drink at Jacob’s pub in the village.

“Somebody ran into the pub - not because we were there - and said the bookie office was being robbed about 20 yards away,” Dessie, a retired garda, told the Leader.

The pair noticed two men aboard a motorbike preparing to leave the area.

“David took a flying kick at the pillion passenger as the motorcycle went past us because experience tells us that the passenger is the more likely of the two to be carrying a gun,” said Dessie, a former Laois county footballer.

The passenger fell from the motorbike and Dessie tackled him.

“We managed to get him to the ground and we took the gun off him and we held on to him until back-up arrived and it came pretty soon. I wouldn’t like to make more of this than what happened,” added Dessie.

He added the driver made his escape from the scene but the father and son held on to the man until gardai arrived from the Clondalkin station in a matter of minutes.

“It was an instinct thing and in these situations if you have too much time to think you might have a few doubts. It was over in a couple of seconds and thankfully David thought to tackle the pillion passenger rather than risking injury from the motorcycle itself,” added Dessie.

It is understood that the entire incident was captured on CCTV.

A 34-year-old man was arrested and gardai say no injuries were reported and no shots were fired during the incident

David plays football with the St. Joseph’s club in County Laois.

Previously he lined out with St. Mary’s, Saggart, and, like his father, has played at intercounty level.

Dessie managed the Kilcullen intermediate side for 2010 and 2011.

He is well known from his time with the Moorefield club between 2007 and 2009, guiding them to a Kildare senior football championship title in 2007 and a Division 1 senior football league (Leinster Leader Cup) success a year later.