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Coalisland GAA club 'disgusted' at pitch fire damage

Damage caused to goal netting at Coalisland Na Fianna's grounds. The vandalism was discovered on Thursday morning. Picture: Coalisland Na Fianna G.F.C
Paul Ainsworth

MEMBERS of a Co Tyrone GAA club have been left "disgusted and saddened" after vandals targeted their grounds in an overnight attack.

Items including goal nets were set on fire at Coalisland Na Fianna G.F.C's Meenagh Park ground at Annagher Road.

A club spokesperson said yesterday: "Unfortunately we are disgusted and saddened to find this morning that our goal nets, flags and bins were all set on fire on the Meenagh Park goalmouth.

"The hall doors were also vandalised and our stand marked with graffiti. We are outraged at such vandalism and to the destruction of our grounds. We do not condone this sort of action and behaviour and the individuals who orchestrated this vandalism should be ashamed of themselves and offer no good to our club or community."

Coalisland SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn condemned those responsible for the vandalism.

He told the Irish News: "I'm absolutely disgusted to see the damage caused at the grounds.

"The club has put a lot of money and effort into providing these incredible facilities, that many communities would love to have on their own doorstep. For people to come in and smash and burn around them is simply appalling.

"I know that this mindless attack will not deter the club from the amazing work it does in the community, however."

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