Boozers forcing us to lock pitch

Marisa Reidy

Published 20/08/2014 | 05:36

Conor O’Sullivan and Dillon Casey from Ballyheigue GAA Club with just some of the cans and bottles found on their playing field.

ONE north Kerry community could find itself locked out of its local GAA pitch due to drunken teens leaving the sportsfield strewn with broken glass and empty beer cans every weekend.

Ballyheigue GAA said it will be forced to lock the gates to its pitch if the late-night boozing sessions continue.

Members are now spending weekend mornings clearing the stands and pitch of broken glass and empty beer cans, and have also been forced to clean up urine.

A senior hurling match between Ballyheigue and Crotta O'Neills was delayed for an hour recently while players and mentors from both teams cleared the pitch of glass thrown there the night before.

Just last week, the juvenile goalposts were smashed by the late-night louts in a further, bitter blow for the club.

Club chairman Jeremiah Slattery said the situation is now so bad the club will have to lock the facility to the general public for the first time in its history.

"The worst part is that there's not a lot we can do except close the field and lock the gates to the public, which is something we've never done," Mr Slattery explained.

Kerryman

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