Irish footballer caught driving with four bald tyres

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By Denna Bowman

A top Irish footballer has been ordered to pay €500 into a court poor box after he was caught driving with four bald tyres.

Controversial Kerry player Paul Galvin had fully co-operated with the Gardai and replaced the excessively worn tyres on the day that the offence was committed.

He also volunteered to pay €500 into the court poor box and Judge James O’Connor ordered the payment to be made by July 29th to avoid a conviction.

Mr Galvin was caught driving with four bald tyres on the outskirts of Tralee last October. However, he had failed to turn up in court last month when the case was previously listed, because of “a misunderstanding”, according to his solicitor Pádraig O’Connell.

Mr O’Connell said the previous listing of the case in April had heard from Garda Damian Callinan that Mr Galvin’s “four tyres were not to the correct measurement”.

He said Mr Galvin, who had no previous convictions, fully co-operated with gardaí and drove to a tyre depot and had them replaced immediately.

“He has voluntarily agreed to pay a sum of €500 to the poor box,” Mr O’Connell said.

Judge James O’Connor, said this was “a reasonable amount” and he ordered him to pay the money into the court poor box by July 29th to avoid a conviction.

The matter has been adjourned to that date.

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