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Ex-Tyrone star Owen Mulligan in court for refusing drink-drive tests

By Majella O'Sullivan

Published 08/05/2015

Former Tyrone Gaelic football player Owen Mulligan
Former Tyrone Gaelic football player Owen Mulligan

Former Tyrone football star Owen Mulligan has appeared in court in the Republic charged with refusing to give a blood or urine sample to the police.

The court was told that the BBC GAA pundit cannot be expected to travel from his home for a court hearing in Kerry again.

Mr Mulligan (33), of Church Street, Cookstown, was in Listowel District Court to answer charges that he refused to give a blood or urine sample to gardai, after he had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

But when the case, which was listed for hearing, was called, the State sought an adjournment.

Garda Inspector Pat O'Connell told the court one of the key witnesses, a doctor, couldn't attend due to illness and would not be available for six weeks.

Mr Mulligan's solicitor John O'Dwyer, son of GAA legendary manager Mick O'Dwyer, said it was "late in the day" when he was notified of the State's intention to seek an adjournment.

The matter had come before the court for mention on two other occasions.

"It was quite late in the day and my client travelled down from Tyrone to be here," Mr O'Dwyer said.

Mr Mulligan was wearing a blue jacket over navy shirt and trousers.

The three times All-Ireland winner was arrested in Listowel in August, where he had been attending a friend's wedding in a local hotel.

He was charged with refusing to give a blood or urine sample to gardai when he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the town on August 29 last.

He had attended the wedding of his former Tyrone team-mate, Michael Coleman to the 2011 New York Rose Erin Loughran the previous day in the Listowel Arms Hotel.

"He can't be expected to travel down a second time," Judge James O'Connor said, adjourning the matter to a sitting of the court in September.

Previously, the court heard it was Mr Mulligan's intention to contest the matter.

If convicted he faces being disqualified from driving for four years as the charge carries an automatic disqualification period for first-time offenders.

Mulligan helped Tyrone win the 2003, 2005 and 2008 All-Ireland Finals and played in Cookstown for the Fr Rocks club.

He was named the man of the match in the 2005 All-Ireland Final,having set up Tyrone's winning goal for Peter Canavan.

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