Youths ad­mit burn­ing com­mu­nity cen­tre

June 1994

Bray People - - NEWS -

TWO young teenagers have ad­mit­ted to car­ry­ing out the ar­son at­tack which de­stroyed the St Colum­banus Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Bally­brack re­cently.

Gar­dai con­firmed this week that two 14-yearolds had been ques­tioned in con­nec­tion with the fire which de­stroyed the pop­u­lar lo­cal cen­tre a month ago.

They said that the mat­ter was be­ing dealt with un­der the Na­tional Ju­ve­nile Di­ver­sion Scheme (NJDS) for young of­fend­ers.

Bray-based Garda Su­per­in­ten­dent Con Ran­dles said that two teenagers who were brought in for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent had ad­mit­ted re­spon­si­bil­ity.

He ex­plained that they were not be­ing dealt with through the courts be­cause of their age, and be­cause nei­ther of the two de­fen­dants had been in trou­ble with the law be­fore.

The St Colum­banus Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at Sheelin Av­enue was ex­ten­sively dam­aged in a blaze which broke out on the premises on Sun­day night, May 8.

Pro­vided to the lo­cal com­mu­nity eleven years ago by the Catholic Youth Coun­cil, the pre­fab cen­tre in­cluded a large meet­ing hall, a num­ber of smaller rooms, of­fices, toi­lets and a kitchen, and was widely used by the clubs, groups and as­so­ci­a­tions in the Bally­brack area.

The lo­cal cen­tre had been the tar­get of van­dals on a num­ber of pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, and only a month pre­vi­ously a lo­cal res­i­dent had rushed to the scene to put out a blaze which had been started ma­li­ciously.

A dev­as­tated lo­cal com­mu­nity are cur­rently draw­ing up plans for ma­jor fundrais­ing ef­forts to re­build a cen­tre in the lo­cal­ity.

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