Hurling players from Camross and the Harps had a nasty surprise last Thursday when they discovered that they had been robbed while playing an intermediate championship hurling match.
The discovery was only made after the match, held at St Canice’s GAA grounds in Borris in Ossory had finished.
Players returning to change after the match found that someone had broken into the locked dressing rooms and stolen anything there that was of value. Some amounts of money were stolen as well as phones and Iphones. Car keys were also missing as trousers and clothes were taken from the dressing rooms.
Speaking to the Leinster Express, Dan Deegan from the Harps club said that the incident left players disillusioned.
“They haven’t won that many matches this year and they won that one, so to find that in the dressing rooms after was just brutal” he said.
“Anyone that had any amount of money, as well as phones and keys of cars - they picked up everyones trousers that were hanging on rails and put them all in a bag. It was a wet and miserable evening and people were in their cars, they weren’t minding if there was anything unusual”.
He said that the players all endured a lot of hassle to get their cars towed home as well as incurring extra costs. As well as this, many also had their house and other keys taken along with their car keys.
A repesentative from the GAA club in Borris said because the grounds are so near the main road, it would be easy to make a getaway. He added that the dressing rooms are always locked but that extra arrangements will have to be made in future to ensure security. Abbeyleix Gardaí said that enquiries are ongoing into the matter and no arrests have been made yet. They are appealing for anyone with any information or who may have noticed any unusual vehicles at the GAA grounds between 7pm and 8pm on August 15 to contact them at 057 87 31202.