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Another land sinkhole opens up Co Monaghan

Magheracloone Gaelic Football Club in Co Monaghan was forced to shut after the collapse of a mine caused sinkholes to appear in its pitch in 2018

ANOTHER sinkhole has opened up in land in Co Monaghan, close to one that damaged GAA club grounds.

The hole, believed to be around 30 metres deep, was spotted on lands attached to an old mining company near Carrickmacross on Saturday.

It appeared at the site of a smaller hole that had been filled in after it was discovered last August.

It is the third time sinkholes have emerged on land in the area, including one that caused severe damage to Magheracloone Mitchells GAC's pitches and buildings in September 2018 as well as a local community centre.

The latest subsidence is less than three fields away from the one at the GAA club.

Mining company Gyproc, which operates in the area, said the hole is the same crown hole that appeared previously.

It said it had occurred because material used to backfill the original hole had now settled and subsided.

The company said the hole is located within Gyproc-owned lands, adding that it is not close to any private homes, public infrastructure or bordering roads.

"Gyproc is confident it poses no risk to the public," a statement said.

"In keeping with best practice, we have notified all relevant governmental and county council authorities.

"We will continue to monitor and survey the area and provide updated information from surveys in the coming days to the relevant authorities and to keep people informed."

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