Sallynoggin Pearse clubhouse set ablaze once again

by Gary Ibbotson

Sallynoggin Pearse Football Club is in recovery mode after its clubhouse was set alight this past weekend.

Situated in Pearse Park, Sallynoggin the clubhouse had previously been the site of vandalism when it was broken into and new equipment was set on fire last September.

According to the Gardai, no arrests have yet been made and investigations are ongoing.

In a statement, a Gardai spokesperson said: “Gardaí are investigating an incident of criminal damage by fire that occurred at a shed on a sports ground in the Pearse Road area of Sallynoggin on 7/3/20 at approximately 4:50pm.

“Gardaí and DFB attended the scene. No injuries. Investigations are ongoing.”

Club chairman Richard Cummins said they “are disgusted with the recent arson attack on the clubhouse.

“Luckily our gear and training equipment is stored elsewhere now – the building has been repeatedly broken into since September.

“As a result of the latest attack the building has been condemned and we can no longer use it at all.

“This leaves us in limbo, without a place to change now before our new clubhouse is built.”

Cummins says that recent anti-social behaviour that has been witnessed at Carriglea FC, Cabinteely FC and Sallnoggin Pearse is a “plague” and that “no club should have to be dealing with these issues.”

“We are now in a position that will mean we need to rent an anti-vandal cabin to change in. Unfortunately, the council haven’t the budget to help so we will be left finance this on our own,” he said.

For the past 15 years, the club has been campaigning for a new clubhouse as the current facility is in bad disrepair and a “death trap,” according to Sallynoggin native and team manager, Darren Brady.

In July, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council agreed to file for planning permission for the construction of a new clubhouse, but this most recent arson attack could further set back the club’s development.

People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire, Richard Boyd Barrett told Dublin Gazette that “this fire is the latest of a series of attacks on the club house because, as the club have been saying for a long time, it is totally unfit for purpose.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett says “it is further evidence of the need for the council to fast-track the club’s proposal for a new purpose built club house. 

“The council must work with the club as a matter of urgency to ensure that the plans for the club house are progressed.”

Labour councillor for the area Juliet O’Connell also expressed her sympathies to the people involved saying it was a “terrible situation for a club who strive to improve their local community every day.”

“The community need to focus now on staying strong and rebuilding as soon as possible to mitigate the negativity this type of incident inflicts on the locality,” she said.

Dublin Gazette has reached out to Sallynoggin Pearse Football Club for comment on the incident.

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