A teenager, who admitted starting a fire which caused over €30,000 in damage at the Drogheda Boys Football Club last year, has been sentenced to 14 months of detention.

The youngster, who had previously lined out for the club, is now 17-years old, who has no previous convictions and cannot be named because of his age, told Gardaí he did not mean for the two shipping containers that were destroyed to catch fire.

Dundalk Circuit Court previously heard that firefighters were called to the Drogheda Boys Football Club on Marley’s Lane on the morning of May 15th, 2021.

A wheelie bin had been pushed against a container and was set alight causing over €33,000 in damage to training and maintenance equipment for the club, which has 22 underage teams. Irreplaceable memorabilia was also lost.

The court was told last month, the teen had not taken up bail since he was charged in February as his mum was of the view that she had to be cruel to be kind and the Probation report outlined how he has an insight into his offending and accepts and seriously regrets his behaviour..

Judge Dara Hayes then imposed a 28-month sentence but suspended half of it on the condition that the 17 year old enter a bond to be of good behaviour for 14 months, backdated to when he went into custody four months ago.

As part of the suspended sentence, the teen must abstain from alcohol and illicit drugs, attend full-time education and engage with adolescent and addiction services and must reside with his mother on his release and treat her with respect.