Northern Ireland

Fire at Derry GAA club 'not suspicious'

Fire engine

A fire which caused extensive damage to a GAA club in Londonderry is not being treated as suspicious.

The blaze broke out at Sean Dolan's in Creggan in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Police have said they believe it started accidentally.

Club chairman Hugh Wilkinson said the roof of the building "had gone".

"We are absolutely shocked. The community can't believe what's happened here," he said.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mayor of Derry Kevin Campbell said the venue was used by many in the community and it was hoped the clubhouse would be rebuilt as soon as possible.

"As well as being a focal point for the local Gaelic club, this building also provides employment for local people," he said.

"As a club they are totally embedded within the Creggan community and have built up an excellent infrastructure, particularly at youth level, a policy which has borne fruit with a number of successes in recent years."