Gardai recover €12,000 worth of equipment stolen from local GAA clubs and schools
By COLIN BARTLEY
A RIDE-ON lawnmower and a horsebox stolen on the Kilkenny border recently were discovered by garda last week in a search in Dublin.
KilkennyNow.ie last week reported that rural schools and GAA clubs on the Kilkenny border were being targeted by criminals looking to steal big-ticket items.
Last Friday, gardai in Dublin searched a premises in Clondalkin and uncovered a hoard of stolen goods. Included in the find was a ride-on lawnmower stolen from Kilvemnon National School on the Kilkenny-Tipperary border, worth €7,000, and an Ifor Williams horsebox stolen close to the school worth at least €5,000. Both items were stolen just days before.
Earlier this week two men from Clonmel were arrested in connection with the theft of more equipment from GAA clubs and rural schools in the South Tipp area bordering Kilkenny. One man arrested in relation to the possession of stolen property and the other on suspicion of committing burglary.
In total more than €40,000 worth of equipment was recovered between the recovery in Dublin and outside Clonmel. However, an €18,000 ride-on mower stolen from Kilsheelan GAA club is still missing.
A Garda spokesperson told KilkennyNow.ie: “We just ask all sports clubs and local organisations who have expensive equipment to make sure they are securely stored and to take all precautions to ensure their safety.”