‘Senseless’ vandalism will cost club thousands
A ‘ senseless act of vandalism’ will cost a rural south Wicklow GAA club thousands of euro to put right.
The damage was discovered at Knockananna GAA Club on Monday afternoon when the caretaker went to open up the clubhouse.
‘It was discovered at about 3 p.m. The pipes were pulled from the wall which caused a leak inside the building, the outer pane of the double-glazed window was smashed and a panel was pulled off a press inside,’ explained club spokesperson Paul Canna.
‘It took a bit of force because the pipes were pulled off at the joint which caused the leak and the window was smashed into pieces,’ Mr Canna added.
It is estimated that the overall incident will cost ‘ at least a few thousand’ to repair and Mr Canna said that the club believes that those responsible might have been on foot.
‘It is a very isolated building and usually it is only really used by local people so we would have been made aware if anyone was driving around who shouldn’t be. We think that this was opportunist and hopefully a once-off because we don’t really get any vandalism taking place out here,’ he said.
The incident comes just a couple of years after the club undertook serious renovations of the clubhouse after a leak caused a ceiling to collapse.
‘The building was badly water damaged by a leak a few years ago and we had to do a big repair job on it – new ceiling, plumbing, wiring – the whole lot, so it is very disheartening to see another leak cause more damage,’ Mr Canna said.
He added that the club is now considering the installation of CCTV.
‘It’s not something we really want to have do to but now we might have to consider it. The club is used by so many local people that it is pretty much open to whoever wants to make use of it in the evenings and in the summer there was a great crowd most days. We definitely don’t want to have it all closed off to the community so we hope that there won’t be any more incidents into the future.’ The matter has been reported to gardaí and the club has appealed for information on Facebook.
The window which was smashed during the incident. Water damage at Knockananna GAA clubhouse caused by vandals.