A NORTHSIDE soccer club has suffered €10,000 worth of damage at the hands of underage vandals who are binge-drinking, setting fires, and destroying equipment on its grounds late at night.
Chairperson of Castleview AFC in Churchfield, Rodney Power, said he has been involved in the club since 1988 and he has never seen a summer like it.
Mr Power said: “We have had two goalposts smashed to pieces, another goalpost burned and broken and another set had a crossbar stolen, rendering it useless.
“Our training all-weather pitch was burned on a couple of occasions along with fires on and off our grass pitches. Our boundary fence has been damaged on numerous occasions and our dugouts have been so badly damaged that we have had to dismantle them.”
The storage container with the club’s lawnmower was broken into and their strimmers, shovels, rakes and other tools were stolen.
Mr Power said: “It is hard to believe that such vandalism is caused by individuals living in our area, damaging facilities put there for everyone’s benefit and use.”
The club has launched a social media appeal to encourage locals to report vandalism to the Gardaí.
On Facebook, the club wrote: “We would plead with anyone who has seen any vandalism or does in the future to contact Gurranabraher gardaí at 021-4946200 or contact any Committee member.”
Since posting on Facebook, Mr Power said the club has been inundated with kind offers from people looking to help out.
Leeds AFC, Mayfield United AFC, St Mary’s AFC, Rockmount AFC and Innishvilla AFC have all offered assistance to their neighbouring club since the post was published on Friday.
Local councillor Thomas Gould said that the volunteers of the club could only put up with so much and something needed to be done.
“It makes it really hard for the volunteers to stay going with this kind of behaviour happening from what can only be described as morons,” said Mr Gould.
He said that no one seems to be getting caught or convicted for these activities and anti-social behaviour is something that is happening right across the city.