Macroom pitch dugouts are full of broken glass

JOE LEOGUE

Published 11/07/2013 | 05:26

Smashed bottles in the dugout at the GAA pitch in the castle grounds in Macroom.

GAA players are at risk of serious injury because of broken glass on Macroom's pitch.

GAA players are at risk of serious injury because of broken glass on Macroom's pitch.

Macroom GAA chairman and town councillor Pat O'Connell has branded groups who have taken to drinking on the club's pitch as "inconsiderate" and said that volunteers have been forced to clear broken bottles from the playing area.

"Lots of people drink in the castle grounds, but what happens is that they come down to the dugouts and drink there. They're breaking the bottles off the dugout walls and throwing them out onto the pitch," he said.

"We are spending a long time down there cleaning up the place, combing the pitch picking up bits of glass.

"The bottles are green in colour too," he added, "and it's hard enough to see the glass on the green grass."

Cllr O'Connell said it's lucky that there have been no injuries to date as a result of any broken glass on the pitch.

"It's an annoyance, but we can't do a whole lot about."

"The gardai can call out to keep an eye on the place every now and again but can't be there all the time."

He pleaded for those who use the castle grounds, and drink there, to have respect for other users.

"It's common courtesy. Put your rubbish in a bag and take it with you," he said.

"We fill between eight and ten black bags with rubbish after a weekend. We have enough to be doing in the club without doing more that we shouldn't be, because others don't have any courtesy."

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