Saturday 24 August 2019

Security to be improved after match cash taken in Ashford

Wicklow GAA are stepping up security measures at championship games around the county after the takings from a game in Ashford were stolen from the boot of a car on Monday evening last.

Shillelagh's Tommy Murphy had manned the gate for Wicklow GAA ahead of the Darcy Sand Intermediate Football Championship meeting of Kilmacanogue and Ballinacor before returning to his car and making the short trip to a nearby chippers.

When the long-standing and respected Wicklow GAA volunteer pulled up outside of the chippers he said a car pulled up behind him and a man wearing a peaked cap opened the boot of Tommy's car and removed the bag of money before fleeing in the waiting vehicle.

Thankfully, Tommy Murphy was not injured in the incident but the Shillelagh GAA stalwart was left shocked by the actions of the man, having not experienced anything like it in the 40 years that he has been volunteering on gates all over the county.

'They were definitely watching me,' said Tommy, who said that people need to be made aware of the potential for similar crimes being committed.

Wicklow GAA Chairman Martin Fitzgerald said that his organisation would be looking into the matter and that there would be new measures put in place for championship games around the county to try and prevent incidents such as this from happenening again.

'It doesn't matter about the money, to be honest,' said Martin Fitzgerald, 'as long as everyone is ok. The money can be replaced. But we'll certainly be looking into it and putting measures in place. We already have procedures in place in Aughrim,' he added.

Wicklow People