Carlow club highlights anti-social behaviour which even saw 'fireworks discharged at players'

Pictures shown are 'just a sample' of persistent vandalism at the Tullow club

Darren Hassett

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Members of Carlow soccer club Parkville United have posted a series of pictures on social media, highlighting the vandalism the club and its players have experienced over the past year. 

Last week the club's pitch was set on fire and fire services had to be called. Members are "at a loss" as to what they need to do to stop the anti-social activities and the vandalism. 

In a statement on the club's Facebook page, they said: "Parkville United A.F.C prides itself on providing facilities for over 300 male and female players from Under 6s to Over 35s. We also open our facilities to other organizations such as community games, sports camps, school competitions and fundraising events.

"As a club we have over the years endured persistent vandalism and anti-social behaviour. In recent years this has gotten completely out of hand.

"We have on numerous occasions reported to the Gardaí, the discharge of fireworks at players, the breaking of bottles on the car park and pitches, the digging of holes on playing areas, the breaking of fences and railings and a number of break-ins.

"The pictures shown are just a sample of the damage over the passed year. Our volunteers weekly routine of picking up bottles, cans and broken bottles has now become the norm. Last week we had one of our pitches set on fire requiring the local fire brigade to be called.

"As a committee, we are exasperated by the amount of time and money we have expanded on the problem. Our main concern is the welfare and safety of our members, our volunteers and for visiting teams and supporters.

"We are at a loss as to what we need to do to continue providing such a valuable facility to the people of Tullow and the surrounding areas."

Cllr Will Paton said: "I have spent the summer highlighting this kind of issue both on Facebook and at joint policing committee meetings. 

"Throughout the summer we have had several bins burnt out,vandalism at Parkville, a car "nailed", burning trees, bushes and fields (the Fire Brigade callouts across the county are unreal), partying in the town park (Tidy Towns cleans up on a daily basis, to come back the next day to start all over again) etc. etc. etc. 

"But it doesn't have to be behaviour as overt as above, teens refusing to move off the swings in the town park and allow small children enjoy them when requested is very intimidating to parents and small children alike. 

"99.9% of our teens are lovely young people but as usual a few...taint the rest, which is completely unfair. 

"CCTV will come to Tullow shortly but at the end of the day parents are responsible for the actions of their children, whom they chose to bring into the world."