Cork soccer club the target of vandalism yet again

Cork soccer club the target of vandalism yet again
A motorbike was driven through the fencing at Grattan United's Kilmore Road ground.

ONE Cork city soccer club has had fencing destroyed at their grounds twice in the past week by vandals.

Grattan United on Kilmore Road was targeted last Thursday night when a motorbike was driven through the fence.

Club members carried out a clean up and repair of the fences on Saturday afternoon ahead of the reopening of the grounds this week with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

However, club member Graham Waters said: "On Monday, the bars in the fence were broken again."

A motorbike was driven through the fencing at Grattan United's Kilmore Road ground.
A motorbike was driven through the fencing at Grattan United's Kilmore Road ground.

He said tens of thousands of euro worth of damage has been caused at the club grounds in recent years, including to the all-weather pitch developed for the club which has not been fit to be used for the past four years.

And he said the fencing that was damaged in recent days had also been damaged shortly before lockdown.

Other clubs have also been targeted by vandals in recent weeks, including Castleview AFC and Knocknaheeny Celtic.

Sinn Fein's Mick Nugent said: "I would be calling on youths in the different areas to think twice and respect clubs. These clubs are in their own localities and are providing a service."

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