DISGUST has been expressed at a photograph on Facebook of a teenager after defecating in a County Limerick ball alley.
A photo was posted of the male with his trousers down and what appears to be excrement in the viewing area at Caherline ball alley.
It is understood the incident, which has caused shock and revulsion, occurred on Monday. There were over 20 comments on Facebook before it was taken down.
They included, “That’s absolutely disgusting. What age are ye? Have a bit of respect.”
Another said: “How any fellow can justify what happened in that ball alley and make a joke of it...”
Others urged for a complaint to be made to gardai and one was made on Tuesday. It is believed that gardai tracked down the two teenagers - the perpetrator and the person who posted the photo on Facebook.
Gardai called to their homes late on Tuesday evening and the boys subsequently went to the ball alley in Caherline and washed the steps that night.
Liam O’Brien, Caherline ball alley PRO, confirmed that it had been cleaned this Wednesday.
What they can’t understand is the actions of the two youths, who are not from the locality.
“One of the lads called me to say it was on Facebook. When I heard it... It is a total lack of respect,” said Mr O’Brien.
One school of thought was that there is a parish rivalry and this was done to taunt but there is no tradition of it.
“There was never any rivalry in my generation anyway. You don’t know about the present one but I don’t think so, I haven’t heard of anything,” said Mr O’Brien.
While somebody else wondered if he just got “caught short”.
“I know there are no toilets there but there are plenty of places to go in Caherline. If you were caught short you wouldn’t take a picture of it,” said Mr O’Brien.
“It is vandalism. If your dog did it you would be fined,” he added.
The committee was planning on holding a meeting to see what action they would take on the matter but after it was removed and washed it is thought they are prepared to let the matter die.
When Cllr Eddie Wade heard about the incident he said he was “outraged”.
“I can’t make head nor tail of it. I’ve never heard anything like that in my life. I am totally shocked.
“The parish of Caherconlish is where the East Limerick board was founded in 1944. People cycled to the meeting to found the board.
“They would be turning in their graves that a building connected to the GAA would be fouled in this manner,” said Cllr Wade.
In a completely unrelated incident, in 2009 an intruder defecated in a confessional box in Caherconlish church on two separate occasions.