Thursday 23 November 2017

Two well-dressed men 'rob iPhones and cash from dressing room' while ladies football team train

CCTV captured images of the men entering the dressing rooms
CCTV captured images of the men entering the dressing rooms
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Two well-dressed men have been captured on CCTV taking five iPhones and over €200 in cash from the dressing room of a ladies football club in Dublin.

Clanna Gael Fontenoy’s ladies team were training for their upcoming Leinster quarter-final this weekend when two thieves broke into their dressing room on Monday night at around 9.15pm.

The incident was captured on CCTV footage, where two men can be seen walking into the dressing room of the Ringsend club while the girls were training. 

One of the men was identified by gardai but the other had his face hidden by a baseball hat.

Gardai said they believe the two men may also have carried out a robbery at a house in Ringsend earlier that day.

Serena Hannon was training on the night in question and said they are lucky more wasn’t stolen.

“All the girls had money in our purses because we were buying gear that night. They could have got up to €1,000 but we think they were disturbed when they heard the guy who minds the dressing rooms walking back,” she told Independent.ie.

“It’s really rattled the girls. The ones who were robbed were people who had just joined the team, it’s crap for it to happen to anyone but it’s more crap when it’s new girls who have just joined the area from the country, it doesn’t create a good impression of Ringsend.”

Manager of the team, Pat Kane, said it was the last thing they needed in the lead up to a big match.

“We haven’t had an incident like that in a long, long time. We were very disappointed. The girls were outside preparing for a big match this weekend and then to come back into the dressing room and realise that, it wasn’t nice,” he told Independent.ie.

Clanna Gael Fontenoy are playing St. Mary’s of Westmeath in the Leinster football quarter-final this Sunday.

One of the team’s players, Rebecca Mcdonnell, was also involved in Dublin’s All-Ireland defeat to Cork last Sunday.

Gardai said they are currently investigating the incident.

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