Friday 19 January 2018

Vandal goes on rampage with hurley at school

Brian McDonald

A LONE vandal armed with a hurley went on a two-hour rampage at a rural national school.

The youth caused €2,000 in damage to classrooms for pupils with special needs at Cregmore NS near Claregalway in Co Galway.

Teachers and parents were devastated by the wanton damage to the facilities, principal Joe Kennelly said yesterday.

Mr Kennelly revealed that little of value was taken in the break-in last weekend. The motivation for the attack seemed to be nothing more than vandalism.

The youth was captured on closed-circuit television and the tape was yesterday being studied by gardai investigating the incident.

It is not known if the youth is male or female.

The break-in happened at about 2am last Saturday when the youth, wearing a padded coat with a fur collar, broke the glass of an expensive external door.

Using a hurley, the youth made several attempts to smash the glass front of four new classrooms for children with special needs.

Each of the internal doors was locked, but the attacker gained entry by breaking the glass panelling.

The staff room, containing all the CCTV equipment and other vital data, was also targeted.

In all, the intruder spent two hours in the school, wrecking the doors and other classroom furniture.

Mr Kennelly said: "I got a call at 6.55am and I was just devastated when I got to the school. The damage was just terrible. Everyone connected with the school is devastated.

"And it happened on the very day that we had 80 children preparing to go to the church for confirmation -- 35 were for confirmation and there were 45 members of the choir.

"The motive was not robbery -- all that was taken was a few voice recorders and they can be replaced. It just seems to have been nothing more than wanton vandalism," he added.

Irish Independent

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