Cork pigeon racing club members remain ‘disgusted’ and ‘disappointed’ after damage to their club
MEMBERS of a Cork Pigeon Racing Club were left ‘disgusted’ and ‘disappointed’ after one of their storage containers was destroyed by fire on Bonfire Night.
The container, owned by the Cork Harbor View Pigeon Club based on John F Connolly Road in Churchfield, has been left in ruins following the fire that occurred late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.
The storage container contained baskets used by pigeon fanciers for transport, all of which were destroyed.
“We are devastated to lose our baskets – losing them could hamper the rest of the season as we are literally in the middle of racing season now,” club secretary Charles Foley told The Echo.
âThen there’s the cost of getting rid of the existing container and trying to get a new one instead.
âWe don’t have the funds for this. We’re going to have to try to sort something, âMr. Foley said.
âI hope we can get support from local councilors or local businesses.
Sinn FÃ©in adviser Kenneth Collins condemned the incident.
“This type of behavior is totally unacceptable.
âThe club members are very upset and angry with this recent event.
âSomeone could have been injured and worse still, trapped inside the container,â he said.
His party colleague Mick Nugent called for an end to these acts of vandalism.
âUnfortunately this vandalism has followed a trend in recent years of incidents at a number of sports clubs in the northwest of the city, these are attacks on community facilities and should stop,â he said.
The container is one of two owned by the club, the second being used as a clubhouse.
Another club member, Willie Long, said the seats in the second container had been removed and burned.
âOur seats that were inside in the other container – that container was broken into and the seats were burnt and they also burned part of a pigeon computer clock that we were using to run pigeons. ”
Mr Long was alerted to the blaze by a friend of his early Thursday, who spotted the flames at St Vincent’s Hurling and Football Club nearby.
“It was a friend of mine from the St Vincent club who called me Thursday morning around 9 am and he told me that one of your containers of pigeons seemed to be on fire,” Mr. Long said. .
Mr. Long said the club, which was formed around 16 years ago, has a wide range of members.
âOur youngest member is seven years old. He joined this year with his mom.
“We couldn’t let him see it that way [the container] was because he would be heartbroken.
Mr Long thanked the GardaÃ and Cork City fire departments for their swift response following the incident.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed that investigations into the incident are ongoing.
âGardaÃ is investigating an incident of criminal damage and theft at a sports club in the Churchfield area of ââCork on June 23, 2021.
âA container at the scene was set on fire and a number of items appeared to have been stolen. No injuries reported. The investigation is ongoing. “