Arson at grounds
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.