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Castleview halfway to goal

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 4:59pm

By Michael Olney

A Cork city soccer club is raising funds to replace damaged property after falling victim a bout of vandalism.

Castleview AFC on the northside of the city has raised almost €1,000, halfway to their €2,000 goal, to replace two sets of damaged goal posts, just one of a long list of malicious acts of vandalism carried out over the last few months.

“It’s been going on all summer,” said Club Secretary Ken Trindles, speaking to the Cork Independent.

“They damaged the fencing, we replaced the fencing. They damaged it again and we replaced it again.

“They broke into a container and damaged a lawnmower and robbed the measuring wheel that we measure out the pitch with.

“They cracked two crossbars which has made one of our pitches redundant for the time being, until we get money together for a new set of goal posts.”

The club now has to rely solely on its secondary pitch which, through overuse, may eventually lead to surface damage.

“I just can’t get my head around the fact that they have made such a big effort to cause this trouble for us. They went to an awful lot of trouble to cause trouble,” said Mr Trindles.

Since the damage to the goalposts, a GoFundMe page has been set up in an effort to gather the funds needed to replace the goalposts and to make the pitch useable again.

“The drive is going very well I have to say. The clubs on the northside and the southside have been absolutely phenomenal,” said Mr Trindles.

When asked if he was worried that similar acts of vandalism might occur in the future, Mr Trindles said: “We have to be proactive. We might have to get forty foot containers and actually put the goal posts away after every match.”

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