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Owen Mulligan

Owen Mulligan

Owen Mulligan

BBC Northern Ireland pundit and former Tyrone football star Owen Mulligan is contesting charges that he refused to give a blood or urine sample to gardai after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Mr Mulligan did not appear at Listowel District Court. He was represented by his solicitor, John O'Dwyer, the son of legendary GAA manager Mick O'Dywer.

Mr O'Dwyer said his instructions were that Mr Mulligan (33), of Church Street, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, intended to contest the charge.

The three times All-Ireland winner was arrested in Listowel, Co Kerry, 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 last August 29.

It is understood he had attended the marriage of his former Tyrone teammate Michael Coleman to the 2011 New York Rose Erin Loughran the previous day in the Listowel Arms Hotel.

relief

The matter was adjourned for hearing to a sitting of the court in May.

Judge James O'Connor was going to adjourn the matter until April but changed the date when he heard there was going to be another contested matter on that date.

Local solicitor Pat Enright suggested that Mr Mulligan's case might provide some much-needed relief, to which Mr O'Dwyer responded: "He provided very much relief to Kerry people over the years, but that's another matter."

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

Mr Mulligan is no stranger to Kerry, having struck up strong friendships with Spa players after his club Fr Rocks played the Killarney club in the Intermediate All-Ireland club final in February of 2010.

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