Ar­son at grounds

June 2008

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

The fu­ture of three soc­cer clubs hangs in the bal­ance after a sus­pected ar­son at­tack at the Pav­il­ion build­ing at the Tem­ple Field sports ground at Wolfe Tone last Sun­day.

Fire ser­vices were called to the burn­ing club­house at around 9 p.m. and man­aged to con­trol the fire. Gar­daí have ar­rested two youths in con­nec­tion with the blaze. ‘Two ju­ve­niles were ar­rested close to the sports grounds in the im­me­di­ate hours after the fire,’ con­firmed a garda spokesper­son.

Due to ex­ten­sive fire dam­age the club­house that acts as a chang­ing room for other lo­cal clubs has been closed down. Mem­bers of Wolfe Tone Celtic, Su­gar­loaf FC and Glen­view FC have all ex­pressed their dis­may at the ma­li­cious act.

‘Three clubs train in at the sports field twice a week and now with­out the fa­cil­ity of the chang­ing rooms and show­ers it leaves the ques­tion of whether it will be suit­able in the fu­ture to train there,’ said Sean Stephens of Glen­view FC.

He added that the clubs were able to re­trieve any gear they had left in the build­ing as the fire had not spread to the locker area.

A meet­ing will be held be­tween the clubs to eval­u­ate the sit­u­a­tion and to dis­cuss al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments for train­ing.

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