Businessman glazes a trail to help Limerick community after 'appalling' vandalism

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Christian Meehan and Shane Kelly of D&J Glazing which stepped in to repair the windows of Moyross United soccer club following the vandalism highlighted in this newspaper Picture: Michael Cowhey

Christian Meehan and Shane Kelly of D&J Glazing which stepped in to repair the windows of Moyross United soccer club following the vandalism highlighted in this newspaper Picture: Michael Cowhey

A GOOD Samaritan has come to the rescue of a northside Limerick soccer club which had its windows smashed by vandals in a senseless attack.

After reading about the vandalism in the Limerick Leader, Christian Meehan, the manager of D&J Glazing in Kileely, contacted management at Moyross United to offer to repair the windows on its clubhouse free of charge.

Club chairman Phil Power said the community is “over the moon” with the help the businessman has provided, adding: “We cannot thank him enough”.

Mr Meehan said: “We do a lot of work with the local community. We are involved very much in the community. We do a lot of work  with the City and County Council, and we like to give back in any way we can.”

Gardai are still probing closed circuit television in relation to the attack on the unit, opened by FAI chief John Delaney in 2014.

Mr Meehan said he was “disgusted” when he heard about the attack, and says if the perpetrator is found, he will be invoicing them or their parents.

“One thing’s for sure, we'’d never look for the local club to pay for it. At the end of the day, without sports teams like these, a community doesn’t survive. There are a lot of people who do a not of hard work in that area to keep things ticking over. It’s not easy, and when you have vandalism like this, it’s just appalling,” he said.

He revealed the work had cost his firm €1,000 and a full day of labour.

Chairman Mr Power said: “There’s not many people out there who would do that for you. It shows the goodness of people without a doubt. As soon as he heard about this, he got in contact.”

Dean Quinn, Sarsfield Gardens, who also volunteers with the club, added: “Christian deserves great credit for this. Obviously, he is a businessman. He didn’t have to go this for us, but he was one of the first on board when he heard of the windows being smashed. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t look for credit, but I feel he deserves credit for this.”

Gardai are still investigating the incident, and can be contacted at 061-456980.