GAA club urges teens to come forward after statue damaged
A north Dublin GAA club is urging a group of young people who were at a monument to a 1916 Rising hero when it was damaged to come forward, saying they will not contact gardai.
Around eight teenage boys were seen at the Thomas Ashe statue outside the Round Towers GAA Club in Lusk on the evening it was damaged.
The pipes from the bag- pipes were broken off at around 7.15pm on Monday.
"They arrived from the Dun Emer direction and then ran down Ministers Road," a club statement said.
"If your teen son was out this evening, ask to see his recent photos as at least one of them took a photo of the damage.
"It may also have been shared on social media.
"We have CCTV footage but will wait until Friday before we take it to An Garda Siochana.
"In the meantime, if a young fella is brave enough to approach a committee member and try to make amends, we will look upon the matter with some leniency."
Local councillor Malachy Quinn said the damage may not have been done on purpose.
"What we are saying to the lads is to just come forward, own up and we'll figure out a way to deal with this," he said.
"If they come forward, then there's no need to get gardai involved."
Mr Quinn said the statue was unveiled in 2017 on the 100th anniversary of the death of Ashe, a founding member of the Irish Volunteers, following a local fundraising effort that included Round Towers GAA Club.
"We are all very proud of it," Mr Quinn added.
"They are not going to press charges if you come forward, so I would call on the young lads to just make themselves known."
Ashe was a member of the Lusk Volunteers, and it is believed he founded the group.