Vandals destroy Knocknaheeny pitch

Vandals destroy Knocknaheeny pitch

A burnt out car on the all-weather pitch of Grattan United.

A CITY soccer club has raised concerns about joyriding after thousands of euro of damage was done to the club’s all-weather pitch.

The chairman of Grattan United in Knocknaheeny has written to the four local TDs in the area asking for support after the most recent incident when a stolen car was left burnt out on their pitch.

In the letter to TDs, Darren Geaney described the “extreme vandalism” the soccer club has experienced with two incidents in the past few weeks.

“There was an incident a few weeks back where our front gate were rammed with a stolen car,” he said. 

Mr Geaney said in this instance the gates held. However, while the club were in the process of getting new reinforced gates fitted, vandals attacked their club again.

The chairman of the club described the second incident which occurred at the weekend.

“The gates were rammed again, they got through and proceeded to do damage to our sand based all-weather pitch. The stolen car was then burnt out on the all-weather pitch.” 

Mr Geaney said that both incidents have been reported to the Gardaí.

These incidents of vandalism come just two months after the all-weather pitch was resurfaced.

The pitch, which is situated up in Knocknaheeny next to Apple Computers and directly across from the Cope Centre, was resurfaced by builders as a gesture of thanks for allowing the City Council and their builders use of the grounds while working on a road behind Apple Computers.

Mr Geaney explained: “The area of the all-weather pitch had to be moved to accommodate the routing of the new road.

“In return the builder put in a new surface for us which we would be using for next season.” The entire club had been training at St Vincent’s Hurling & Football Club all-weather pitch while the work was ongoing and they had been looking forward to getting back to their home grounds.

In a letter to TD’s, Mr Geaney concluded by saying he was trying to find a way to block the entrance as the new gates won’t be in place until the end of next week:: “Our grounds are now open to anybody to come and go as they please.

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