Belfast Telegraph

Safety fears over vandalism at GAA club

By Brendan McDaid

Repeated attacks on a GAA club in Londonderry have left parents afraid their children will be injured there, a local councillor has said.

SDLP councillor Anne Donnelly was speaking during a discussion on funding to refurbish the pitch at Sean Dolan’s GAC in Creggan so it can be used as a venue for the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2013.

Ms Donnelly said there were concerns expressed to her during a recent visit to the club over declining numbers of children coming to train “because parents don’t want them hurt or injured” on debris.

She added: “Whatever help the club can get from us, it’s very, very important we give it.”

Sean Dolan’s clubhouse was gutted in an arson attack just after Christmas 2011.

In recent days it has suffered further attacks, with changing rooms being vandalised at the Piggery Ridge site.

The club and Creggan community representatives have since met with Derry City Council officers to discuss getting assistance for refurbishment to the playing pitch so that it will be available as a site for the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2013.

The Department for Social Development and Triax Neighbourhood Partnership Board signalled £20,000 funding may be available, and the club will now submit an application.

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