FOOTAGE of the vandals who rammed through the gates of Grattan Utd football club and burned out a car on the all-weather pitch has been sent to the Gardaí, according to the Chairman of the club Darren Geaney.
Mr Geaney said that the club has been in contact with the head of security at Apple, which is beside the pitch, and footage has been captured of the perpetrators.
“They said they have clear pictures of who did it and they will be passing the footage on to the Gardaí," Mr Geaney said.
Mr Geaney also said the players are devastated and enraged by the vandalism.
“It took us ages to get the pitch because it is sand-based, not a lot of people can do that type of pitch. We had just got it and now it is destroyed.”
Cork North Central TD Billy Kelleher has offered his support to Grattan Utd after their football club suffered two bouts of vandalism in recent weeks.
A few weeks ago a stolen car was used to ram the gates of the club and over the weekend a car gained entry to the grounds and was burned out on the all-weather pitch.
Local TD Billy Kelleher said there was ”no quick fix” to the issue, but he would be supporting the club in their endeavours to protect their premises.
“These people who are vandalising the facilities need to realise that they are damaging their own community.
“They are taking from their own family and friends and it impacts the whole area.”
Mr Kelleher encouraged the local community to report unusual activity to the Gardaí and offered condolences to the volunteers and staff involved in the club.
“For the club members working to provide facilities to the community, things like this can be very disheartening.” Mr Kelleher recommended extra security measures to protect the grounds and support from Cork City Council in combating the issue of potential incidents of vandalism in the future.
Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Tony Fitzgerald said the incidents were “very disappointing.
“Grattan Utd is one of the key soccer groups in the area.
“We must meet with the City Council and see what type of support we can give.”