Mindless vandals who have tried to put a fledgling North Kilkenny soccer club out of business may have met their match.
Last week, thugs set fire to a container which holds all the gear including, nets, footballs, cones, paint equipment for marking the pitch of Paulstown 16 soccer club Everything they need to run a club has, literally, gone up in smoke.
When the fire service went to put out the smouldering fire, officers told club officials that it was an explosion ready to happen and that it was extremely fortunate no one was hurt.
The container is sited on the local sports pitch and has been subject to a few acts of vandalism recently with nets slashed and seats smashed.
Last year the club almost folded but feminine, community spirit took over and is now being run by an all-female, voluntary coaching staff with 100 youngsters playing every week.
They are determined that a small group of mindless criminals will not close down the club formed in 2006. They are looking for help to replace the container and any of the equipment inside.
“The people responsible for this will not get their wish and put us out of business and give children one less thing to do in Paulstown,” a club spokesperson said.
“We are really hoping that people will rally around and help us to take the container away and donate another container. We need all the help we can get at this stage. The last thing we want to do is give up,” she added. Gardai in Thomastown are investigating the incident and information to them in the strictest confidence can be given on 056-7724222.