Saturday 22 October 2016

GAA club suffers 'extensive damage' in suspected arson attack

Published 14/09/2015 | 07:41

GAA President Aogan O Fearghail
GAA President Aogan O Fearghail

A GAA clubhouse in Co Tyrone has suffered extensive damage in a suspected arson attack.

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Sometime between 10.30pm on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday a window was broken and flammable liquid poured inside and set alight at Tír na nÓg GAA club in the village of Moy.

The building on the Benburb Road sustained extensive damage as a result of the blaze.

Sinn Fein MLA Bronwyn McGahan condemned the attack saying she believed it was sectarian in nature.

“The arson attack on the Tír na nÓg GAA Club in Moy is a worrying development given a recent similar attack on a club in Auger," said Ms McGahan.

 “The GAA has provided a great service to the entire community through the promotion of sport and culture especially in rural communities. These attacks are I believe sectarian in nature.

“I am calling on unionist leaders to stand shoulder to shoulder with my party in condemnation of these attacks on GAA clubs.

“There can be no place for sectarianism in our society. Unionists need to reach out to the GAA if we are to halt these attacks."

She added: “I will be in contact with the local clubs to ensure they can continue to provide the services which have the GAA have done for over a century.”

Police ask anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area to contact officers in Dungannon on 101.

Belfast Telegraph

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