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Glenavon and GAA star Eoin Bradley in court on drink drive charges

By Nevin Farrell

A dual GAA and Irish League football star has appeared in court charged with driving with excess alcohol and the alternative charge of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

County Derry Gaelic footballer and Glenavon soccer player Eoin Bradley (32), of Woodland Park, Kilrea, was in Coleraine Magistrates' Court on Monday.

It is alleged that on Sunday, February 7 this year at The Diamond in Kilrea he was driving with excess alcohol in his breath and he also faces the alternative charge of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

He is also charged with driving without due care and attention at Coleraine Street in Kilrea on the same date.

The sports star is also alleged to have failed to remain at the scene of an an accident in which damage was caused and failed to report an accident.

He also faces other charges relating to August 15 last year.

He is alleged to have used a mobile phone whilst driving at The Diamond in Kilrea and on the same date he is accused of driving a Volkswagen Jetta without being the holder of a driving licence as well as another charge of failing to produce a driving licence within seven days.

The alleged offences of February 7 happened five days before Bradley was sent off whilst playing for Lurgan-based Glenavon in an Irish League match against Crusaders on Friday February 12 and received a six match ban.

Bradley is well-known on the GAA scene and has represented County Derry and has also been lashing in the goals for Glenavon recently.

Bradley stood in the dock with his hands in front of him and nodded his head and replied "yep" to say he understood the charges.

A police officer said she believed she could connect him to the charges.

Defence solicitor Brendan McLarnon asked for the case to be adjourned to later this month.

Bradley has yet to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty.

District Judge Mark Hamill released Bradley on his own bail of £300 with no conditions.

The sports star exited the courtroom through a door leading to the cells to sign his bail.

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