100-metre sinkhole opens up near disused mine shaft in Monaghan

September 25th, 2018

A football-pitch sized sinkhole opened up across a local GAA pitch in Co Monaghan on Monday morning.

The land subsidence event damaged two football pitches at Magheracloone GAA club, as well as the car park and the club building.

Monaghan County Council yesterday closed off several roads in the Magheracloone area and shut the local National School as a precautionary measure.

Disused mine shafts

The area of land affected covers disused mine shafts. Gyproc, which owns Drumgossatt mine, confirmed that the subsidence occurred at the mine that ceased operations in the late 1980s.

The plaster and plasterboard manufacturer said that it is currently investigating the case with the assistance of geological teams to determine both the reason for and the extent of the subsidence.

The company said that it is working with residents at five properties located at the perimeter of the affected area to assess the potential impact of the incident.

“Our assessment indicates that all areas outside of this zone are unaffected by the incident. We will continue to liaise with local residents and authorities in the area to keep them updated,” a company statement reads.

“Our main priority is the safety of local residents, our employees and ensuring no significant environmental impact. Our teams will continue to work diligently to investigate the issue and implement a solution from there.”

According to Sinn Fein Councillor Colm Carthy, a preliminary investigative report is set to be presented to the Council this afternoon.

Business Affected

In a statement released via social media, Magheracloone GAA said that the club is “truly devastated” by the incident and has started a GoFundMe campaign to source and set up temporary facilities.

“As a result of the sudden closure of our Club grounds we are unable to access any of our training equipment,” the club said.

“We don’t have any footballs, cones, bibs or water bottles. Please support our club.”

Several businesses in the largely industrial area are also affected by the local road closure, cutting them off from suppliers and customers.


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Niall Sargent

Niall is the Editor of The Green News. He is a multimedia journalist, with an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University, London

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