Game delayed after man drove stolen vehicle around GAA ground

April 07, 2019

Castleknock huddle.
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Play was briefly stopped following a bizarre incident which took place during a Dublin SHC 'B' game between Castleknock and Thomas Davis in Somerton yesterday evening.

The second half had just started when a speeding low loader truck with a garda car in pursuit entered the ground. Fortunately, no players or spectators were injured as the truck crashed through a fence and back out on the Porterstown Road.

According to a report of the game on the Castleknock GAA website, an "incident-packed match produced two Thomas Davis penalties, nine Luke Whelan points before he went off injured, another six points from centre-back Cian O’Dualaing and a bizarre temporary suspension of play two minutes into the second half when a Garda chase in pursuit of a speeding low-loader truck entered the grounds resulting in an amount of damage but thankfully no injuries or even worse."

The report went on to say that "the  low-loader being pursued by Gardai damaged one car before breaking through the metal fencing surrounding the Clubhouse and crashing back out onto the Porterstown Road. It subsequently forced a Fire Engine off the road before Gardai caught up with it and escorted the driver to Finglas Garda Station."

For the record, Castleknock won the game by 1-17 to 2-12 to get their championship campaign off to a winning start.  


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