Gaelic club closes as floods stop play

The flooded grounds of Maghery GAA Club. INPT002-010
The flooded grounds of Maghery GAA Club. INPT002-010

The GAA Club in Maghery has been forced to close its doors after flood waters breached the car park and parts of the premises.

Members of Maghery Sean MacDermott’s are anxiously monitoring the rising water level.

The club, close to the shores of Lough Neagh, has seen its whole car park submerged, along with the toilet and shower rooms, the boiler room and septic tank.

Part of the pitch is also under water.

Vice-chairman David Nugent said, “We have had sandbags delivered and the Rivers Agency have been down all week monitoring it.

“I was there at 9am this morning (Thursday) and the water had risen overnight again.”

Mr Nugent said the club, which has been on the site since 1945, had never been flooded before. “There are people here 70 years of age who have never seen it like this.

“New toilets and showers were put in in 2003. They’re destroyed, It’s a complete disaster.

“I think we’re going to be in the same situation next week. According to the Rivers Agency, the lough can only drop one inch in 24 hours if it doesn’t rain, and parts of the car park are under three feet of water.

“We won’t really know the full extent of the damage until the water level goes down.”

In the meantime, football training has been cancelled and the clubhouse has been closed until further notice.

Said Mr Nugent, “We are going to have to see if we can find somewhere else in the meantime where we can train.”