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Dunloy GAA club academy targeted by burglars

Damage caused to vending machines during a break-in at an academy at Dunloy Cuchullains GAA club. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
John Monaghan

A GAA club academy in Co Antrim has been targeted in a burglary.

Police said "at least three persons" caused "substantial damage" to the academy at Dunloy Cuchullains GAA club sometime between 4am and 5am yesterday.

The academy, including gym facilities and an indoor 3G pitch, was officially opened in July 2010 by then GAA President Christy Cooney.

It is understood the burglars stole cash from vending machines, took club shirts and merchandise and damaged glass doors.

The burglary came as the club's U21 hurlers got ready to face St John's in last night's Antrim club championship semi-final at Creggan Kickhams GAC near Randalstown.

Dunloy GAC chairman Billy Elliott told The Irish News that the extent of the damage was still being assessed and that the academy had to be closed as clear up efforts began yesterday.

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan, who is a member of the club, said "there is a shock that people would attack the premises".

"The GAA club is at the centre of all that is positive in Dunloy and this attack is not simply an attack on the club, it is an attack on all of us," he said.

Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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