Gardai are investigating criminal damage at a Dublin soccer club, which saw thousands of euro worth of equipment torched.
Sallynoggin Pearse FC's clubhouse, in the Rochestown Avenue area of Dun Laoghaire, was broken into overnight on Sunday.
Equipment worth "a couple of grand" was taken from the premises and set alight outside.
The club said the vandals made their way into the clubhouse by kicking a "big hole through the side".
Sallynoggin FC chairman, Richie Cummins told Independent.ie: “They basically kicked their way in through the side of the building, broke the concrete and got in through the corrugated steel.
“We were promised a temporary 40 foot container because we’re in the process of having a new clubhouse built, the council have given us a piece of land on the other side of the road in Sallynoggin to build a new clubhouse.
“The building was in bits. It was only a matter of time before someone broke in or vandalised it. It’s absolute brainless carry on.
“The Saturday team played a game the day before, they left the gear back in. That was burnt. Then we had a couple of sets of back up gear, that was all burnt. We had various training equipment, cones, bibs, flags, ladders. All our footballs were burnt, match balls, training balls, basically everything that wasn’t nailed down.
“It’s all volunteers, it’s all lads giving up their time. There’s no one making a cent out of it. It’s for the good of the area, to give the lads somewhere to go to play football and keep themselves active,” he said, adding that it was “absolutely devastating” for all involved in the club."
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said they would providing emergency storage facilities for the club.
"In light of the vandalism to Sallynoggin Pearse clubhouse at the weekend, the Council can confirm that it will be providing an emergency temporary storage facility for the club adjacent to their clubhouse. It is expected to be on site within the next week," a spokesperson said.
A garda spokesperson confirmed: "Gardaí are investigating a burglary at a sportsground in the Rochestown Avenue area of Dun Laoghaire that occurred overnight on 22/9/19.
"Items were removed from premises and set on fire. Investigations are ongoing."