Ballybeg reeling following Boxing Club arson attack

The fire damaged interior of St Saviours Boxing Club following last week's fire.						| Photo: Noel Browne

The fire damaged interior of St Saviours Boxing Club following last week's fire. | Photo: Noel Browne

The close-knit community of Ballybeg is continuing its efforts to rebuild, following a second night of arson attacks and other crime last Monday (January 26th) in which St Saviours Boxing Club suffered extensive damage.

Garda were patrolling the Ardmore Park area when they heard a faint sound of an alarm going off, at around 3.10am.

They discovered it was coming from St Saviours Boxing Club and saw some smoke coming from the building.

Several units of the City Fire Services attended the scene and the blaze was brought under control before it fully took hold.

However there was extensive damage to the boxing ring and some new gear in the club, as well as smoke damage throughout.

St Saviours Football Club also suffered at the hands of criminals that night, when the club’s dressing rooms were broken into and vandalised.

The attacks came just three nights after the clubhouse of St Saviour’s GAA Club and the local Youth and Resource Centre were destroyed by arsonists.

Two men were arrested in connection with the arson attack at St Saviours Boxing Club in recent days, a 25-year-old man and a juvenile.

Barty Simpson, a founder member of the club surveying the scene of the fire. 													| Photo: Noel Browne

Barty Simpson, a founder member of the club surveying the scene of the fire. | Photo: Noel Browne

Earlier on Monday, significant damage was caused during a break-in at the nearby Cill Barra Sports Centre, where a community meeting was due to be held on Tuesday night to get fundraising underway to rebuild the GAA Club and Youth and Resource Centre.

The building’s alarm was activated at around 10.30am and Gardaí on patrol in the area discovered that the exit doors had been prised open and internal doors damaged. The office was damaged, with drawers pulled out and CCTV cameras ripped off the walls.

In a separate incident, four units of the fire brigade were deployed to a house at Ardmore Park at around 6pm following an arson attack in which significant damage was caused.

This was the second time in over a week that that house had been set on fire. It was unoccupied at the time. The fire was extinguished and the scene later underwent a technical examination.

A house at Ballybeg Drive was also broken into, some time between 9pm on the Monday and 5.30pm the following day.

A number of rooms were searched and a bronze/gold Fossil watch was stolen, after the culprits gained entry by damaging a rear patio door.

A house at Priory Lawn was burgled by a male at around 2am on Tuesday. He was seem jumping from garden to garden as he left. Some cash in coin and a small amount of cigarettes were taken from the house.

Finally a Makita consaw was taken from a vehicle parked at Ballybeg Square overnight on Monday.

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