By Kieran O’Mahony
GARDAÍ in Kinsale are investigating a report from a GAA club that vandals broke in and smeared excrement on the walls of the dressing rooms.
This is the latest in a number of acts of vandalism at Belgooly GAA Club, with this particular incident upsetting club members the most.
Club members were horrified to discover that someone had broken into the club’s dressing rooms on Saturday night, September 12th, and smeared the excrement around the club’s walls.
‘The whole club is disgusted with this. It’s sickening,’ said club chairman Michael Collins. ‘It was only discovered when a club member went to check the facilities on the following Monday morning and discovered the excrement smeared all over the walls in the dressing rooms,’ he told The Southern Star.
‘This is the latest in a number of incidents on our grounds this summer and members are getting very annoyed with what is going on. The club’s dugouts w ere recently vandalised and the place is becoming a drinking haunt with cans littered around the grounds,’ he added.
Michael’s fear now is they may have to close the grounds, except for matches. ‘We don’t want to be locking the gates as such, but we could be left with no alternative which would no doubt disappoint both young and old members of the club.’
As a result on the ongoing anti-social behavior, the club plans to install CCTV, an added cost for the small club.
‘We are highlighting the problem so that parents of these teenagers are aware of what is going on. We have spoken with the gardaí and they said the culprits will be prosecuted. In the meantime, there will be regular patrols of the grounds by both gardaí and club members,’ he added.