The GAA can confirm that police are investigating
an arson attack which took place this morning
(26th of September) at St John’s GAA
club near Castlewellan, Co. Down. Extensive
damage was caused to the club, however, nobody
was injured in the blaze.
"The GAA strongly condemns the attack
on St John’s Club and I would ask people
to co-operate fully with the relevant authorities,"
said Nickey Brennan President of the GAA.
Over the last number of years St John’s
Club has been very involved in cross community
activities and I would ask all members of
the community to support the club at this
time. stated the President. "I also appeal
to all GAA members to continue to work with
all sections of the community in building
better relations," he concluded.
Down GAA Chairman Kevin Bell stated "The
GAA community in Down is in shock, but are
thoughts are with the St John's Club and its
members at this time". “The St
John's Club have carried out major development
work on their premises over the last number
of years and this is a major blow to the GAA
Club and local Drurnnaquoile community, which
made extensive use of the facilities on offer
at St John’s."
Club Officials, Down County Board and the
Ulster Council are working closely with the
emergency services. St. John’s Club
will be playing in the Junior Championship
final this Sunday at Pairc Esler in Newry.