Retired firefighter Jim Ryan (64) and his wife Ann (59), a retired nurse, found themselves in court for the first time in their lives earlier this month on a summons for breaching the 5km limit on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021.
The couple were convicted of the offence by Judge Raymond Finnegan at Cavan District Court but immediately appealed – and have now vowed to go to jail if they cannot get it overturned.
“I will go to jail before I pay it. I would rather go to jail, without a shadow of a doubt,” Jim told the Sunday World this week.
“I have no intention of paying them a fine for me going to mass – for doing what I have done my whole life.”
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