Heartless vandals target Kilmore Celtic FC in Coolock

by Dublin Gazette
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A Coolock community rallied around a local football club last Friday, after their dressing rooms were vandalised in a graffiti attack.

Football team Kilmore Celtic FC posted a picture to Facebook on Friday morning, showing the significant graffiti on the side of the dressing rooms at Oscar Traynor Park in Kilmore, north of the city.

The club said the graffiti attack happened overnight on Thursday, and appealed to the public for any information.

However, just three hours later, the team posted an update to their Facebook thanking supporters of the team and the local community for chipping in to paint over the graffiti.

In images posted by the club, the graffiti was almost completely eradicated, with Kilmore Celtic posting a thank you to those who’d contributed to the clean-up.

They posted: “A huge thank you to the club members and people from the local community helping to clean and re-paint the dressing rooms.”

Members of the locality commented on the post, condemning those who had carried out the senseless destruction.

Breda Henry wrote: “The hard work that is put into trying to make children safe [by the club]. Shame on you. This is so unfair.”

Niall Coleman said: “What complete idiots. I hope you find out who it was, [the changing rooms] were put there for the benefit of the community and this happens.”

The club worked hard to fundraise for the dressing rooms, with the new containers only being put in position last June.

One of the containers acts as a dressing room, while the other stores the vital equipment needed by the club for games. Previously, the club were forced to store their equipment at Dundaniel Road.

The vandalism is the latest in a recent series of similar incidents in the area, with many saying that Kilmore Celtic are the latest victims.

The local parish centre at St Luke’s church has also been targeted a number of times, with locals commenting that the centre was vandalised again last week.

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