DUBLIN based association football club Sheriff Youth Club have been left ‘devastated’ after further damage to its playing pitches.
The North Dublin side have experienced a number of incidents in recent months.
Prior to this incident, which happened over the weekend, damage was previously caused to the pitch by a car.
Their pitches were severely damaged and vandalised by motorbikes after track marks were prominent on the playing surface.
Dublin City Council believes that two stolen motorbikes caused the damage to the pitches in Fairview Park over the weekend.
They say the damage is superficial and will be repaired, but are concerned with the growing number of incidents in recent months.
Sheriff confirmed that no football will take place at the venue due to the damage as pitches were declared unplayable.
Speaking with RTE, Chairman of Sheriff YC Hugh Richardson said: “It’s happened two to three times in the last couple of months, but six or seven times in the last year.”
“The cycle lanes and paths were leaving it wide open and vehicles can still get in near the bridge.
“All football has stopped.”
A statement released by the club on X also read: “Devastated that’s how our club is feeling right now yet again our pitches in Fairview have been vandalised this time by motor bikes.
“DCC have put new surroundings in place to try to stop this but these people still manage to get into the park and leave the place like this all.
“It’s costing a lot of money to travel on mini-buses and the girls clubs are having to travel as well.”
Dublin City Council confirmed that the club can use pitches at Belcamp until their pitch is repaired.
It added that the two motorbikes gained access to Fairview Park through pedestrian and bicycle entrances.
The motorbikes have since been removed by gardaí who are investigating the incident.
A council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, Fairview Park has suffered a couple of such incidents in recent weeks.
“The first incident involved a stolen car which gained access to the park through an opening which arose from the Clontarf to city centre cycle and bus priority project.”
Dublin City Council have met with Sheriff YC in recent weeks to discuss the concerning trend but confirmed the meeting has been “very positive”.
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It concluded: “It is unfortunate that there has been another incident which has impacted on the pitches in Fairview Park.
“But the city council is working with the Gardaí and the clubs to address the problem insofar as a public park can be protected from stolen motorbikes.”