Buncrana GAA cries foul over dog
A GAA club has hit out
at dog owners who let their pets foul their playing
Buncrana GAA Club is concerned its players, grounds
workers and other pitch users will pick up the
dangerous toxocariasis infection that can lead to
serious illness and blindness in humans.
The club has now sent an urgent message via its
weekly newsletter to its members and the local
media, alerting people to the growing problem at its
playing fields, known as The Scarvey.
"Both pitches have been covered in dog foul in
recent times. Other people should not have to lift
your dog poop. Do not let your dog wander around the
pitches if you are not then prepared to scoop the
poop," the club stated.
"The reason there is a law about lifting dog mess is
because it is a toxin and it causes toxocariasis.
Toxocariasis is caused by the parasite known as
roundworm. It leads to serious illness and blindness
in humans," the club warned.
Buncrana GAA Club is concerned about
the hazards associated with dog mess.
Buncrana GAA, situated
in a scenic location on the outskirts of the seaside
town, says it's very proud of its state-of-the-art
These include two floodlit pitches; an indoor gym;
five changing rooms; a first aid room with
defibrillator as well as a kitchen, laundry room,
function room and viewing gallery.
The club says it's "proud to serve the entire
community (and) proud of the volunteers who give so
freely of their time".
But it will no longer put up with the hazards posed
by dog mess on their playing surfaces where underage
and senior footballers and hurlers regularly
"Please keep this in mind the next time you allow to
roam free or just ignore your dog's mess. The health
of all users of The Scarvey is of great importance
to the club. PLEASE clean up after your dog…" it
added. For more Buncrana GAA notes,
click here .