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Saturday 19 October 2019

Club 'devastated' after vandals torch gear worth thousands

The charred remains of the equipment taken from the club
The charred remains of the equipment taken from the club

Gardai are investigating after vandals broke into the premises of a Dublin football club over the weekend, destroying equipment worth thousands of euro.

Sallynoggin Pearse FC's clubhouse, in the Rochestown Avenue area of Dun Laoghaire, was broken into on Saturday night.

Valuable equipment was taken from the premises and set alight outside.

Club chairman Richie Cummins told the Herald last night: "They basically kicked their way in through the side of the building, broke the concrete and got in through the corrugated steel.

"We were promised a temporary 40ft container because we're in the process of having a new clubhouse built.

Brainless

"The building was in bits. It was only a matter of time before someone broke in or vandalised it. It's absolute brainless carry on."

He continued: "The Saturday team played a game the day before, they left the gear back in. That was burnt.

"Then we had a couple of sets of back up gear, that was all burnt.

"We had various training equipment, cones, bibs, flags, ladders.

"All our footballs were burnt, match balls, training balls, basically everything that wasn't nailed down."

"It's all volunteers, it's all lads giving up their time. There's no one making a cent out of it," he added.

"It's for the good of the area, to give the lads somewhere to play football and keep themselves active."

He added that it was "absolutely devastating" for all involved in the club.

A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last night told the Herald it would be providing an emergency temporary storage facility for the club adjacent to their clubhouse.

"It is expected to be on site within the next week," the spokesperson added.

Gardai said investigations were ongoing.

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