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Sinkhole forces evacuation of Ulster school - photographs show substantial damage to GAA club

By Denise Calnan and Rachel Farrell

Shocking photographs have emerged of a sinkhole in the GAA grounds at Magheracloone, Co Monaghan.

The school has undergone an evacuation and sent an urgent message to parents to collect their children "as soon as possible".

The sinkhole is believed to have occurred following the collapse of the Gypsum Mine, which is located in the community centre area.

Photographs of the scene show substantial damage done to the GAA grounds and building. It is understood nobody was in the grounds at the time of the collapse.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch declared a "serious incident" in the area and have appealed to drivers to avoid the Carrickmacross to Kingscourt Road.

Gardai told Independent.ie officer were ar the scene at Macheracloon, Co. Monaghan.

"The Kings Court to Carrickmacross road R179 is currently closed and diversions are in place. A local school has been evacuated as a precaution."

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Drumgossatt National School urged parents to collect their children.

In a statement issued to the parents, a spokesperson for Drumgossatt National School wrote; "Due to the collapse of the Gypsum Mine in the area of the community centre, the school will close immediately. Can parents please collect children as soon as possible. Please spread the word."

And in a statement to the Meath Chronicle, a spokesperson for Kingscourt-based firm Gyproc confirmed there has been an incidence of subsidence in the grounds of Magheracloone GAA Club.

"We are currently assessing the situation with the assistance of geological teams to ascertain both the reason for and the extent of the subsidence," they said.

"We are liaising with local residents and authorities in the area to advise them of the incident and keep them updated.

"Our main priority is the safety of local residents, our employees and ensuring no significant environmental impact."

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