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Footballer Eoin Bradley given 16-month ban for being three times over the drink-drive limit

Derry GAA and Glenavon football star Eoin Bradley who was banned from driving for 16 months, leaves Coleraine Magistrate on an earlier occasion after pleading guilty to drink driving. Picture by Mark Jamieson 
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AN Irish league and GAA footballer has been banned from the roads for 16 months for drink-driving.

Glenavon striker Eoin Bradley (32), of Woodland Park, Kilrea, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to several charges including being almost three times over the limit.

The court heard Bradley had been playing for his local GAA team Glenullin on Sunday February 7 when he stopped off for drinks at a pub in Garvagh to watch a soccer match before driving home.

Five miles away at Kilrea he hit a parked car as he pulled up and after getting into a row with a man in the damaged car he refused to provide his identity or give his details before going into a pub.

Appearing in court on Monday he also admitted driving without due care and attention at Coleraine Street in Kilrea and further pleaded guilty to failing to report and remain at the scene of an accident.

He also admitted other charges relating to August 15 last year regarding used a mobile phone whilst driving at The Diamond in Kilrea and failing to produce a driving licence.

The 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 in which he received a six match ban.

Bradley, a self-employed plasterer, is well-known on the GAA scene and has represented Co Derry.

Judge McNally said it was a bad case with a number of aggravating features including the high alcohol reading and Bradley's involvement in an accident when he went into a pub rather than meet his responsibilities.

Banning Bradley from driving for a year and four months, for which he will have to re-sit his test, and imposing fines of £725 he warned the sports star if the fines are not paid on time he could go to jail for a short time.

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