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Disgraceful Gardai appeal for anyone with information about Corkagh Park fire to come forward

'If you know of anything about this, please contact Clondalkin Garda Station'

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The aftermath of the blaze in Corkagh Park last night (Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter)

The aftermath of the blaze in Corkagh Park last night (Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter)

The aftermath of the blaze in Corkagh Park last night (Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter)

South Dublin County Council has appealed to anyone with information about a fire that was deliberately started in Corkagh Park to report it to the gardai. 

The blaze that destroyed some of the equipment including a 'Viking Slide’ in the recently opened state-of-the-art playground occurred at around 9pm.

Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted that firefighters were called to “playground equipment alight in Clondalkin tonight”.

“Unfortunately, community amenities can be damaged by fires like this,” they added.

South Dublin Council also tweeted that it was, “absolutely disgraceful that this much-loved playground in Corkagh Park has been targeted like this.

“We'll work to get it fixed as soon as possible and we're in contact with @gardainfo on this,” they added.

“If you know of anything about this, please contact the Clondalkin Garda Station."

Local councillor Trevor Gilligan said he was “disgusted.”

He added that the incident "had ruined a perfectly good, recently installed, public facility" and was a "waste of valuable Dublin Fire Brigade time and resources".

Speaking at the official opening of the play space at Corkagh Park in July, the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Peter Kavanagh, said play was recognised “as a vital activity for healthy child development”.

“Children also need time in nature and the outdoors for their physical and mental wellbeing, “he said.

“Whether it is splashing in the water, running through the woodlands or sliding from the highest tower children need play experiences as part of a healthy active childhood”.

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The new playground that is based on the heritage of Clondalkin, including the Vikings had been renovated and upgraded in the months before the official opening.

Sundayworld.com has asked gardai for comment.

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