Christopher Mallard, coach of the Moyross Smurfs, Kevin O'Connell, treasurer, Jonathan Power, coach and Philip Power, chairman beside the broken windows at Moyross Utd Picture: Adrian Butler
HEARTLESS vandals have smashed up a Limerick soccer team’s clubhouse, causing thousands of euros worth of damage.
Moyross United soccer club members have been left reeling after the attack which has been described as “heartbreaking” and “sickening” by chairman Philip Power.
The incident is to be reported to the gardai, who will study closed circuit television (CCTV) in the hope of catching the culprit.
The clubhouse – which houses the team’s dressing rooms – was only opened in 2014 by the FAI’s chief executive John Delaney.
“I was absolutely sickened when it happened,” Mr Power said, “We’re talking about wanton vandalism here. We have over 80 children involved in the club, and we don’t take money off them. So it costs us as a club every year to keep the show on the road, to ensure the teams and the likes. Some of the kids’ families wouldn’t have the money, and we'd never turn anyone away.”
Moyross United, the only sporting organisation in the regeneration estate, has 120 members of all ages, with the vast majority being between six and 11, Mr Power said.
“We provide a valuable service. It’s the beating heart of our community. We keep children out of trouble. If it wasn’t for us, they would be hanging around on street corners,” he added.
Local Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan has urged anyone with any information on last weekend’s attack to come forward.
“I’d love the perpetrator to come forward and tell the people of Moyross what this was all about. What did that club ever do to you for you to smash up their windows? That club provides a lot of good services. They don’t care who you are or where you’re from, they accept anyone,” he said.
Dean Quinn, a committee member with Moyross United, which was founded in 1975, admitted he is “heartbroken” following the attack.
”I’m actually disgusted too. In all the years Moyross United is here, the hard work which has been done there is incredible. It’s the focal point of our community,” he added.
The incident has sparked an angry response on the club’s Facebook page, with one person writing: “It’s immature people showing off probably. Hopefully the person or people can see everyone’s comments and realise how wrong and terrible a thing they have done.”
It’s hoped CCTV, which was erected at the neighbouring community centre, will provide a link to the crime.
Mayorstone Garda station are investigating, and can be reached at 061-45698 or anyone with information can ring any garda station.