Horses follow cattle on to Sallins pitch

ANIMALS trespassing on a sports facility in Sallins should be impounded, a recent council meeting heard.

ANIMALS trespassing on a sports facility in Sallins should be impounded, a recent council meeting heard.

Complaints about horses moving on to the Sallins Celtic playing facility at Millbank have been raised by local councillor Paddy McNamara.

“It’s an intermittent problem but it is one that won’t go away and the council has the authority to impound animals [under Section 4 of the Animals Act 1985]. In this case the horses come and go,” Cllr. McNamara told a Kildare County Council area meeting.

According to the council there is no animal pound in the county but the local authority has access to a pound elsewhere ot which animals can be sent.

The council promises that “appropriate action” will be taken once exact details regarding the location of the animals are established.

It’s not the first time Sallins Celtic has been discommoded after marauding livestock threatened to put paid to their season.

Sixteen cattle broke out and on to the playing surface last month, ruining the pitch which was in match perfect condition for the opening of the summer season.

The cattle belonged to a neighbouring farmer, Eddie O’Loughlin. His son Mark a former Naas RFC player, who runs Sanctuary Synthetics, a Naas-based supplier of artificial grass.There was a happy ending when Mark and four of his staff joined around ten volunteers from the club to put right the damage caused by the bullocks.