Esker club fighting hard on all fronts

by Gazette Reporter

WHILE the struggle for a permanent home in their own backyard goes on, Esker Boxing Club’s young fighters are continuously making their mark across the globe.
Last week, Esker’s Killian Geraghty narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Russia. Next week, Esker duo Amy Harrington and Rebecca Toohey will travel to the Golden Girl competition in Sweden as part of the Dublin team from November 20-22.
At the end of October, Nathan Reilly, Evan Fitzgerald, Sean Balfe and Wayne Joyce travelled to America for two nights of boxing in Chicago. On October 22, the Irish selection defeated North Chicago 6-4, while two days later they lost to a South Chicago squad by the same score.
Ed Griffin, coach and coordinator at Esker Boxing Club, spoke to GazetteSport about the club spreading their reach around the world before raising the point about their long-running fight for a place they can call home.
“I think first of all, myself and everyone at Esker ABC would like to say well done to Killian on his displays in Russia last week,” he said.
“He was beaten by a strong English opponent in the quarter-final and was unlucky to miss out on medal but everyone at the club is very proud of him. It was a big thing to get where he got. He’s only been with us for around 18 months and has won the Dublin Leagues, had a huge amount of fights and had success in the All-Ireland Cadets.
“Also, the trip to Chicago was a worthy exercise as our fighters got great experience, made good connections and performed really well. We were probably robbed a bit on the second night but what can you do,” added Griffin.
Griffin reiterated the potential the young club have shown this year but insisted their plight for a place they can call home needs to be sorted to allow them to develop.
“This year alone we’ve had our fighters compete in Russia, America, Sweden, Holland, England, Wales and Scotland,” he said.
“That shows that everything is working inside the ring in terms of coaching and commitment, we’re just desperate to get a permanent home sorted at this stage so we can push on. We have to leave where we currently are soon and return to one of the local school’s which isn’t ideal. Fingers crossed we can work with the council and get something sorted in the near future.”

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