'IRA' graffiti sprayed on GAA club

Published Tuesday, 15 July 2014
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Police are investigating an attack on a GAA club in Ballycastle, Co Antrim which was daubed with "IRA" graffiti.

'IRA' graffiti sprayed on GAA club
Police are investigating the attack on the GAA premises. (© Pacemaker)

It is believed a number of slogans were sprayed onto the entrance and the walls of McQuillan GAC in the Whitepark Road area shortly after midnight on Tuesday.

Sinn Féin councillor, Cara McShane, has condemned the attack and urged anyone with information to contact police or club officials.

"In recent days there has been a heightening of tensions in this area which has served no purpose whatsoever other than to witness senseless acts of vandalism taking place on people's places of worship and cultural centres," she said.

"The club in Ballycastle has a long history of attracting cross-community support and participation in Gaelic games."

She added: "I would also urge that people do not react to this. Positive leadership must be shown by all community and political representatives to ensure that we will not be dragged down a sectarian or anti-social cul-de-sac."

Police are working to establish a motive for the incident.

"CCTV footage is being examined by officers and enquiries are ongoing," a police spokesperson said.

"Police would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone with any information about this incident to contact them at Ballycastle on the non-emergency number 101.

"Information can also be passed anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

© UTV News
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7 Comments
they will be caught in belfast wrote (46 days ago):
who ever did these crimes are not the brightest , they used the same paint on both attacks, with the publics help the police will arrest and they will be named and shamed, they have no respect for either republican or loyalist property.
Regan in North Antrim wrote (46 days ago):
Steve its the same people so how can it be tit for tat ???? Get a life man
joey in Belfast wrote (47 days ago):
I hoped we had moved on from this nonsense. To the people who did this I say get a job and get a life, they're probably too young to remember the real troubles, I'm not, I remember them vividly and do not want to go back there.
tell on them in lisburn wrote (47 days ago):
even the g.a.a. is not safe from these idiots, vandals plain and simple, someone knows who did this?
Steve in County Down wrote (47 days ago):
I don't remember Cara McShane condemning the sectarian attack on a Ballycastle Orange Hall a few days ago. This tit for tat criminality must stop for good.
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