Sunday 18 March 2018

Neighbours' clash with club comes to court


A GARDA Sergeant told Wexford District Court that he is worried about feelings running high in a dispute between a GAA club and neighbours who live in an adjoining property.

Before the court on Monday were Thomas Sinnott of Ballyminaun, Killinick, and his wife Barbara, who are both charged with offences arising from the dispute which is also the subject of a civil action relating to planning matters.

Thomas Sinnott is charged with damaging a leather football belonging to St Fintan's GAA Club on July 7, 2009, and provoking a conflict between himself and John Wright of St Fintan's GAA Club on August 15, causing a breach of the peace.

Barbara Sinnott is charged with assaulting John Wright at Ballyminaun on August 15, thereby causing a breach of the peace.

Sergeant John O'Carroll told the court that the case arises out of a civil dispute and there had been several complaints during the past year.

He said children playing football had been filmed on camera and complaints had been made to him about children being taunted. He had received correspondence from three officers of the GAA.

Sergeant O' Carroll said a complaint was made that €500 worth of footballs had gone from the club and had been retained by the defendants in the case.

He said the GAA club was trying to be restrained and he was trying to convince people to keep their heads and let the case take its course.

Siobhán Dunne, solicitor for the defendants, said the only way to resolve the matter was to hear the substantive case. Sergeant O'Carroll said the civil case had been going on for some time and there was no certainty about when it would be heard.

He said feelings were running high and he was concerned about further breaches of the law. Judge O Buachalla listed the case for hearing on October 18, saying that if there was any concern in the meantime, the case could be mentioned to him again.

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