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GAA clubhouse destroyed in blaze

Scene of fire
St Malachy's GAA clubhouse will have to be demolished

A GAA clubhouse in Dungannon, County Tyrone has been destroyed in a fire.

The blaze at St Malachy's GAA club, Edendork, was discovered at 0500 GMT on Saturday. Police are trying to establish the cause of the fire.

Peter O'Connor, club chairman, said the building was also used by other groups, and that a community resource had been lost for quite a period of time.

"It is very upsetting this is a focal point of the whole community here," he said.

The Fire and Rescue Service described the building as being reduced to "basically a shell".

Station Commander Davy Lawrence said: "It had been burning for such a long time that the roof had actually collapsed on top of the first floor.

"The building was completely destroyed and when we left it this morning, it was basically a shell," he said.

Everything inside the clubhouse has been destroyed and the walls rendered unsafe. The building will have to be demolished.

Despite the damage the club said a relegation play-off match between Edendork's senior team and Pomeroy would go-ahead.

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