Wan­der­ing horses cause dam­age to soc­cer pitch

Novem­ber 1986

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

The long-run­ning saga of wan­der­ing horses in Lit­tle Bray is now to be taken up with Dublin County Coun­cil.

Mem­bers of Bray Ur­ban Coun­cil are to seek a dep­u­ta­tion meet­ing with their coun­ter­parts in Dublin to press for ac­tion from them against itin­er­ant horses wan­der­ing into the town across the bound­ary be­tween the two au­thor­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Cllr Liz McManus at this week’s meet­ing of Bray UDC, Dublin County Coun­cil have washed their hands of re­spon­si­bil­ity over the mat­ter.

Call­ing for an im­me­di­ate ap­proach to them, Cllr McManus said the ques­tion of hous­ing for trav­ellers and set­tling their horses would have to be solved once and for all.

This lat­est episode in the long-run­ning row was sparked off ear­lier in the meet­ing when Cllr Brigid Han­non com­plained that the horses had re­cently caused se­vere dam­age to a foot­ball pitch in Fas­saroe on which the coun­cil had spent £8,000. She al­leged that peo­ple were bring­ing their horses to the area to breed them.

Cllr Noel Keyes said that the only so­lu­tion would be to make sure the horses ex­ited and en­tered the Bray area along the Old Conna Road in Dublin County Coun­cil’s area.

He was con­vinced that such a sit­u­a­tion wouldn’t be tol­er­ated for long by the wealthy res­i­dents of the area who would take ac­tion to pre­vent it.

Town en­gi­neer, Kevin Con­way, said the only way to keep the horses out would be to build a wall which would cost in the re­gion of £40,000.

But Cllr PAt Vance sug­gested that in view of the count­less thou­sands of pounds worth of dam­age caused by the horses over the years, this might be a cheaper so­lu­tion.

Cllr Ciaran Mur­phy sug­gested hit­ting the horse own­ers in their pock­ets by iden­ti­fy­ing them and tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against them.

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