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Monday 5 December 2016

Dubs football star Bernard Brogan 'disappointed' over GAA club robbery

Dublin players, including Bernard Brogan, pictured, were at AIG Insurance’s offices in Dublin today for a reception to mark their GAA Football All-Ireland Championship success
Dublin players, including Bernard Brogan, pictured, were at AIG Insurance’s offices in Dublin today for a reception to mark their GAA Football All-Ireland Championship success

Dublin football star Bernard Brogan has expressed his “disappointment” after burglars broke into his GAA club and made off with several thousand euro in cash.

Earlier this week the Herald revealed how raiders broke into the St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh clubhouse and made off with around €12,000.

The money consisted of the previous night’s takings, as the club was celebrating winning the Junior B hurling championship for the first time in 16 years.

READ MORE: Over €12k stolen from Dubs stars Alan and Bernard Brogan's club in early morning robbery

Brogan, who plays for the club and has been nominated for the football player of the year award, expressed his disappointment at people “disrespecting the club and the local community” by breaking in to the clubhouse.

Pride

“It’s disappointing anytime it happens. You see in a local club that we pride ourselves on community and that loyal catchment area that there is around Plunkett’s.

“To see somebody come in and disrespect the club like that is very upsetting, but it is what it is and gardai have been informed,” Brogan told the Herald.

“I’m not sure of the exact incident but it is disappointing to hear after a good week, especially with the hurlers celebrating their championship win the night before.

“Clubs around the country are always struggling  for funding and stuff like that, so it doesn’t make it any easier when something like this happens, but the gardai are looking into it and I’m sure they’ll do their best,” the Dubs star added.

A source stated that an alarm switch connected to a back door may have been interfered with, allowing the thieves to enter the clubhouse without triggering the alarm.

“It seems that the alarm may have been tampered with and the alarm system knocked off,” the source said. “The clubhouse was locked on Friday night, but they still managed to gain access.”

Substantial damage was also caused to the rear door, and the cost of replacing this could run into “several thousand euro”.

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