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Sunday 31 August 2014

Football team’s clubhouse ‘completely gutted’ by blaze

By Cormac Murphy

Published 23/05/2014 | 08:19

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A FOOTBALL clubhouse in Dublin has been extensively damaged in a fire.

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The blaze “completely gutted” the roof over the bar and function room of Marks Celtic in Springfield, Tallaght.

Members have now begun the painstaking task of clearing out the debris and assessing the full cost of the damage.

Larry Brophy, club treasurer, said, “The roof is completely gone. The other side, where we have the dressing rooms, has not been touched.

“But the main building is destroyed. It’s roofless at the moment. The rain is coming in,” he said.

“People from the community have been voluntarily getting the remains of the old roof out of the building to get the new roof on as quickly as possible.”

Mr Brophy said the cost of the repairs has yet to be assessed.

The bar was renovated in recent years and the treasurer said it was a “fabulous” facility.

“It’s a proper facility. We put a lot of money into it seven years ago,” Mr Brophy said.

Dublin Fire Brigade was dispatched at 3.20am on Sunday after a blaze took hold in the vicinity of the bar.

Five units in total attended the scene, including ones from Dolphin’s Barn and the brigade’s head station at Tara Street in Dublin city.

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The bar area, offices and roof were destroyed, but the rest of the building was protected after three hours battling the fire.

It is not thought the fire was started maliciously. The indications are that an electrical problem may have been to blame.

Established in 1970, Marks Celtic moved to its current home in the early 1990s.

It has seven schoolboy teams and two senior teams. It is hoped the clubhouse can be restored before the new season kicks off in September.

Club chairman Pat Maher has appealed to local businesses to assist in fundraising efforts.

Further fundraising plans are to be announced in the coming weeks. Mr Maher praised neighbours who have helped out but said they are devastated at what happened.

“We’re staying as positive as we can,” he said.

Evening Herald

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