THERE was a lucky escape for a Carrickmacross man who accidentally knocked over the gates of Carrickmacross Emmets on Thursday evening.
The unfortunate incident occured at approximately 6.25pm on Thursday evening when the driver of a van attempted to drive in the main gates of the Emmets pitch.
Unfortunately for the driver, the father of a number of players at the club, didn’t realise the height of the lift on the back of his truck, which slammed into the 60-year-old archway.
The concrete archway was toppled over, before crashing down onto the front of the van, smashing the windscreen and badly damaging the front of vehicle.
The driver was left badly shaken but unhurt.
Speaking to the Monaghan Democrat the Chairman of Carrick Emmets, John Scully, told the paper: “The main thing is no one was hurt. There’s no sadness as nobody was hurt.”
The wall was constructed in 1952, a year before the club was established.
“I got a phone call regarding the incident on the evening. It was just before an Under 16 match against Castleblayney.
“It didn’t take much to knock it over and I understand that the driver was going a slow speed as he came it. It was an old enough construction.
“We will have to assess how much it will cost to reconstruct the archway or do whatever it is that will be done to it.”
The rubble was quickly cleared away and other cars parked inside left through another entrance.