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Shelter from the storm

Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 4:15pm

A local football club has created a GoFundMe campaign to repair damage caused to club grounds by the recent storm.

Cobh Ramblers are appealing to the public for donations after the dugouts at Colman’s Park were destroyed by Storm Ciara. The discovery was made on Sunday morning, following high winds the night before.

“There was still metal left in the concrete, but anything above that had been ripped away,” said Cobh Ramblers PRO James O’Donoghue.

“All the supporting legs were destroyed. The fence behind it has been crushed.“

The GoFundMe campaign was launched to gather the necessary funds to replace the dugout before the new season begins on 22 February.

Initially, club members hoped the dugout could be mended. Several members of the club, who work as metal workers with Doyle Shipping Group in Cobh, offered to assess the damage but the dugouts were beyond repair.

Club representatives contacted several supply companies to cost a replacement dugout. However the cheapest quote was €6,000, with some quotes as high €8,500.

Director with Doyle Shipping Group, Eoin O’Sullivan, is spearheading efforts to source replacements materials, and rebuild the dugouts from scratch, for a fraction of the cost.

“We’re just happy that the lads in Doyle Shipping have come to our rescue,” continued James.

“We’re very appreciate of all the support we’ve received. The League of Ireland is a small community, but when the chips are down, everyone jumps in together.”

The campaign was shared on social media, with a tweet from the club's Twitter account being shared on Sky Sports News. The club saw a spike in donations after the tweet was shared. The GoFundMe goal for the replacement is €3,000, with just over €2,000 already raised.

Donations to the club can be made on their campaign page at gofundme.com.

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