‘Sense­less’ van­dal­ism will cost club thou­sands

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - BY DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

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.

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