Anger after latest vandalism at Dolans

Hugh Wilkinson Chairperson Sean Dolans GAC, Bam McClearly club member,Cllr Colly Kelly, Danny Cassidy club member, Ciaran Wilkinson Club member surveying the damage to the clubhouse. (0607MM25)

Hugh Wilkinson Chairperson Sean Dolans GAC, Bam McClearly club member,Cllr Colly Kelly, Danny Cassidy club member, Ciaran Wilkinson Club member surveying the damage to the clubhouse. (0607MM25)

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The chairperson of Sean Dolans GAA club in Creggan has said ongoing vandalism attacks will not deter the club from continuing its work.

Hugh Wilkinson was speaking after the latest incident of vandalism during which the changing room facilities were damaged.

The clubhouse at Piggery Ridge was destroyed in a fire at the end of last year.

Speaking to the Journal Club Chairperson Hugh Wilkinson said: “We are very disappointed about these on-going incidents but heartened by the support the club has received from across the city. Sean Dolans has been at the heart of the Creggan community since the day it opened its gates.

“Our aim is the promotion of Gaelic games and culture and providing a positive outlet particularly for the young people of the area. There is a great amount of good work going on here and we will not be deflected from continuing that in the times ahead.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly, who toured the site with club members said: “It’s absolutely disgraceful that the changing rooms have been vandalised. Club members have been working night and day to ensure that Sean Dolans GAC is kept going. This is the last thing they need happening to this facility particularly heading into the busy summer period.

“It’s very hard to secure a site of this size twenty four hours a day. But we need to explore all avenues to see what solutions can be arrived at to prevent such incidents from happening.”