A warning is going out to sports groups around the county after four separate GAA clubs were last week targeted by thieves.
Some time between 6pm on Wednesday, March 26 and 8am on Thursday, March 27, the thieves struck at St Canice’s GAA in Borris-in-Ossory. The front door of the dressing room was damaged in an attempted break-in, although the culprits eventually left empty-handed.
Between 7pm on March 26 and 6am on March 27, the front door of the Castletown GAA club was forced open and a copper cylinder taken from the premises.
The O’Dempsey’s GAA club in Killenard was hit between 11pm on March 27 and midnight on Friday, March 28. The thieves cut a galvanised sheet from the door of the shed to gain entry and stole a number of items.
Finally, some time between 7.30pm on March 28 and 12.30pm on March 29, the Rathdowney GAA club was broken into and a cylinder of gas taken from the kitchen area.
Justin Kavanagh, chairman of Rathdowney GAA, said that in his opinion the thieves were looking for copper or tools and he believes the club’s modern shower system which features no copper may have helped prevent further damage.
“A copper cylinder could be worth €50 in scrap, but the water damage done is frightening,” he said.
Mr Kavanagh went on to say that sports clubs need the whole community to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
“Rathdowney is a small town, somebody must have seen something. All communities need to start clamping down on this,” he said.
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that these thefts are possibly connected and the gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 05786 74100.