Vandals use weedkiller to deface Rangers GAA pitch

August 5, 2013

Widespread anger and revulsion has followed an attack of vandalism on the football pitch at Crossmaglen Rangers GFC.

In a clearly calculated and pre-meditated attack, weed killer was sprayed on the football pitch, defacing its surface with offensive and obscene language and graffiti.

It’s believed the perpetrators may have entered the premises sometime overnight on Monday last 29th July to carry out the deed.  With the effects of the weedkiller not becoming apparent on the grass surface for several days, it was mid-week before club officials noticed anything untoward.

Crossmaglen Rangers PRO, Tom McKay described the reaction of club members as one of anger and disgust and questioned what type of person could carry out such an act of vandalism.

Speaking to The Examiner, he said: “As far as the club is aware, we don’t have any enemies.  Our facilities and amenities have always been made available to the wider community.  If anyone in the community is aware of who has perpetrated this act, they should speak to some member of the committee and we would be prepared to speak to the person who seems to have a grievance against the club.”

Commenting on the damage rendered to the specialized pitch surface, Mr McKay explained: “It is a Prunty pitch and is regarded as one of the top pitches in Northern Ireland for playing football and hurling on.  It cost a lot to do this work initially.  We have been in touch with the contractor who originally installed the pitch to see what remedial action we will have to take.  It will cost a lot of money to repair.

“The pitch is in use all the time by the people of Crossmaglen who helped fundraise the money to do the work.   The facilities have always been available to the community so, in many ways, it’s an attack directed at the community as well as our club.”

Despite the damage, the pitch has continued to be in use and did not interfere with the club’s schedule of training and matches over the weekend.

The incident has been reported to police who are investigating.