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Extent of sinkhole damage at Monagahan GAA club revealed in new pictures

The damage caused by a sinkhole at Magheracloone Mitchells GAC, Co Monaghan. Picture: Niamh Kindlon
Gareth McKeown

DRAMATIC new pictures have revealed the devastation caused by a sinkhole at a Co Monaghan GAA club.

Last week it is believed the collapse of a disused gypsum mine triggered the creation of the large sinkhole, running the full-length of a pitch at Magheracloone Mitchells GAC.

The collapse forced the evacuation of Drumgossatt National primary school near Carrickmacross and caused extensive damage to the grounds and buildings at the club.

Now new pictures have emerged from the weekend showing the extent of the damage on the pitch and grounds, with the sinkhole stretching down several feet and the subsidence almost taking one of the manager's dugouts with it.

The pictures were posted online by Magheracloone club member, Niamh Kindlon, who said the sinkhole has "destroyed our GAA home". In the wake of the collapse an online fundraising campaign was launched and to date the gofundme page has received almost €7,500 - well in excess of the initial €5,000 target.

Magheracloone Mitchells GAC. Picture: Niamh Kindlon

On the page, created by the club, a call for donations on the website states that funds will be used to source and set up temporary facilities and ensure the club "survives this disaster".

"Please give a little or a lot. It takes a community to raise children," it says.

Magheracloone Mitchells GAC. Picture: Niamh Kindlon

Magheracloone Mitchells GAC. Picture: Niamh Kindlon

 

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