Boxing club pleased as punch with new home

by Ian Begley

Esker Amateur Boxing Club has managed to secure a new premises to train in after a lengthy campaign to acquire a new unit.
The club which currently trains in a non-permanent sport’s hall at St Anne’s National School, Esker, is due to move into new premises in Adamstown Industrial Estate next month.
The specific location of the club comes as welcome news to club members and management who have been campaigning for a permanent premises for two-and-a-half years.
Ed Griffin, who helps run the boxing club, told The Gazette that he is thrilled that the club managed to secure a two-year lease on a new premises to train in.
“We’ve been trying to acquire a building to train in for the past two-and-a-half years now.
“We spotted a unit in Lucan recently and are all thrilled that we got a two-year lease on it.
“In the school that we train in we use traffic cones as boxing rings, and it was a nightmare to set up the hall every time we trained in it.
“Now at least in the new place we can put in permanent rings. We also had no dressing rooms for girls in the past, now in the new place we have.
“Hopefully the club will go from strength to strength and will produce a good few future champions.
“We also hope to get other clubs to spar with us on some nights. We always used to travel around to different clubs in Dublin because they had their rings set up permanently. Now we can return the favour.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped support us in our campaign, especially the members of the club who train with us,” said Griffin.
Cllr William Lavelle (FG), who helped secure a grant for the club, said: “I have been a consistent supporter of Esker Boxing Club over recent years.
“Last year I sponsored the club’s very successful All-Ireland girls tournament which they hosted in Lucan, as well their first senior show held earlier this year in Lucan Sarsfields.
“In recent weeks I personally engaged intensively with South Dublin County Council regarding the club’s efforts to secure a new premises.
“I am delighted that this resulted in a €4,000 grant for the club which has helped greatly towards the club moving into their new home,” he said.
Lucan Cllr Danny O’Brien (SF) described the new premises as “very good news for the area”.
“It’s great that they have a permanent base where they can leave their ring set up and run tournaments up there now.
“They need to paint up the whole place too so I supplied all the paint and brushes for them,” he said.

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