THE resilience of O’Dempsey’s GAA in these recessionary times will be severely tested after the club was targeted by copper thieves who left a trail of destruction in their wake.
Club chairperson Brendan McCormack outlined that they are still counting the cost of last week’s break-in at their club premises in Killenard where the estimated cost of repairing the damage is expected to reach €4,000.
Copper piping, a copper tank and water pump were stolen after raiders struck sometime between last Thursday night (July 26) and Friday morning (July 27).
And by ripping these items from the walls of an older section of the premises, water poured from the broken pipes and caused extensive damage to the dressing rooms.
The thieves attempted in vain to gain entry to the bar area and then proceeded to the side of the premises where they smashed a window before an alarm went off and they fled the scene.
Mr McCormack remarked: “Things could have been much worse and fortunately enough the alarm went off. If they had managed to get at the copper fittings in the clubhouse, the pouring water would have destroyed the wooden floors and cost the club an awful lot more money.”
Approximately four years ago the club was also the victim of a break-in and Mr McCormack said it was disheartening for GAA officers who work on a voluntary basis to be faced with these difficulties.
He also pointed out that it was a particularly expensive time of the season for the club as the leagues, where O’Dempsey’s had three teams involved, have just concluded and the championship is set to get underway very shortly.
Mr McCormack urged anyone in the area who may have seen anything suspicious in the vicinity of their clubhouse late last Thursday / early Friday to contact the Gardaí.
He also explained that the club is considering an upgrade of its security following this latest incident.
Meanwhile, with an eye to the future, Mr McCormack revealed that on Sunday week, August 12, O’Dempsey’s will launch its new ‘Dream Ticket’ fundraising initiative.