The gloves are off and the members of St. Brigid’s Boxing Club in Kildare town are getting ready for the battle of their lives.
The members are fighting to keep their club running despite doubts over the continued use of their training venue, even if it means raising €40,000.
“We are going to be resuming training in our usual premises on 2 September,” vowed founder of the award winning club Pat Phelan. “If we can’t lease it, we’re gojng to do some serious fundraising to try to buy the premises we are in, or a similar premises. It’s do or die. We have to fight to keep this club alive. I hope to God we can do it.”
More than 400 supporters turned out on Saturday in a bid to rally support for the club which is facing homelessness after five years in the town.
Silver Olympic medalist Kenneth Egan was among those who turned out to throw his weight behind the club’s battle for existence.
A receiver was appointed to their current training venue in the Business Park, Melitta Road, Kildare town, and the club was given until the end of the Summer to find an alternative base and move out.
However, they have been unable to find a premises suitable for their 150 members to train.
“Kenny Egan pointed out that a boxing club is more than just for training; its a social outlet, it gives kids something to do to keep them on the right path, teaches them about diet and how to look after themselves,” Mr. Phelan said.
A new committee has been established to organise fund-raising activities and details of these will be revealed in the next few days.