Galvin ordered to pay €500 into poor box over bald tyres
ONE of the country's most famous and controversial footballers was yesterday ordered to pay €500 to the court poor box for driving with four bald tyres.
Paul Galvin (31) of Lee Drive, Ballinorig, Tralee, Co Kerry, was ordered to pay the money by July 29 for driving with four excessively worn tyres at Clash, Tralee, on October 5, 2010.
All-Ireland winner Mr Galvin, who is a key member of the Kerry senior football panel, was in Tralee District Court yesterday following a direction by Judge James O'Connor.
The judge had threatened to issue a bench warrant for his arrest when he failed to appear in court in person on April 27.
His solicitor Padraig O'Connell told the court Mr Galvin had replaced the four tyres on the day the offences occurred and had brought the receipt from 'Tyre Stop' to court.
He said his client had co-operated fully with the gardai and replaced the tyres "there and then".
The court was told that Mr Galvin was "a footballer of renown", a fashion correspondent with the Irish Independent and was presently on a sabbatical from teaching.
Prosecuting garda Damien Callinan said the tyres were "dangerously bald".
Better known for his misdemeanours on the pitch, Mr Galvin received an eight-week suspension last summer for an incident during the Munster championship final against Cork when he stuck his finger into Cork player Eoin Cadogan's mouth.
An incident in 2008 earned him a three-month suspension when he knocked a notebook out of referee Paddy Russell's hand during Kerry's championship opener against Clare.