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GAA player to face trial after garda's jaw broken

A DUBLIN footballer is to stand trial accused of attacking another player during a club match last March.

Gaelic footballer Enda Ledwith (33), a garda who plays for north Dublin team Na Fianna, suffered a broken jaw during a home fixture against south-side rivals St Jude's on March 31 last year.

Brendan McManamon (30), who has represented Dublin and plays for St Jude's GAA Club, has been charged under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act with assault causing harm to Enda Ledwith, a defender who has also played inter-county football for Longford.


It is alleged the assault occurred at Na Fianna's GAA Club's grounds, at Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, in Dublin.

Evidence of his arrest and charging had been given earlier, and the footballer made his second appearance at Dublin District Court in relation to the alleged incident,

Detective Sergeant Michael Mulligan, of Santry station, told Judge Patricia McNamara that he had served a book of evidence on McManamon, of Camden Street, in central Dublin.

Judge McNamara was told yesterday that the DPP has decided that the St Jude's player was to be returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

McManamon, a brother of current Dublin senior footballer Kevin McManamon, spoke once during the brief hearing to tell the district court judge the name of his solicitor.

McManamon has not yet indicated how he will plead to the assault charge. He was remanded on bail in his own bond of €300 pending his appearance at the Circuit Court.