WHAT has been described as a “mindless act of vandalism” at the clubhouse at St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy, will cost in the region of €12,000 to fix.
CCTV cameras were installed at the stadium just over two weeks ago, however, within a day of them being put up they were ripped off their wall mounts, smashed and thrown onto the pitch.
Speaking to the Enniscorthy Guardian about the damage, Bobby Goff, from Wexford GAA, said the cameras were put up the previous day.
“They weren’t even commissioned,” said Bobby. “They had only been up and then they were ripped off the wall.”
It’s not the first time the complex has been targeted by vandals; in March, last year, over the course of three days windows were broken in the clubhouse and the scoreboard was set on fire.
At that time persistent vandalism resulted in Wexford GAA having to spend over €6,000 in security upgrades at the stadium and this time around Bobby said it will cost in the region of €12,000 to replace the CCTV cameras.
“The camera company actually sponsored the initial cameras but we’ll have to cover the cost of replacing them,” said Bobby. He said that when the cameras are replaced they will be commissioned the same day in the hope that if a repeat attack occurs those responsible will be identified.
“The fact that it’s just wanton vandalism is what makes it so senseless,” said Bobby.