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Vandals damage Avondale dugouts


Damage was caused to two dugouts

Damage was caused to two dugouts

Damage was caused to two dugouts

There has been an outcry after an act of vandalism caused serious damage to property at Avondale GAA.

The club's two covered dugouts were badly damaged in an apparent act of vandalism in recent days. While it's not clear exactly when the damage was caused, as the club has been closed during the Covid-19 lockdown, it's understood that the broken dugouts were spotted at the weekend.

A member of the Avondale GAA committee told this paper that they believed this was a 'pure case of vandalism' which had taken place at some stage in the last week.

'It's heartbreaking, the pitch has been maintained throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. It's an amenity that's there to be used, not abused,' the Avondale GAA committee member said.

It's understood the incident has been reported to local gardai by members of the committee with an estimated cost of repairing the dugouts over €1,000.

'During the time of Covid-19, people were looking after each other. This is not that, it's very disheartening,' a committee member said.

Avondale GAA is hoping to move its publicly accessible defibrillator, to the outside of the building, however, there is some apprehension that damage could be done to this life-saving local resource.

'We want to provide this for the community and a decision will be taken by members at a future committee meeting,' a committee member said.

The club appealed for people walking in the vicinity to contact a committee member or the Gardai if they see suspicious activity.

If anyone has any information about the recent vandalism they are also asked to contact gardai.

Wicklow People