Boxing club win fight for new home
THE long fight to secure a new and improved home for Swords Boxing Club has finally ended with the official opening of the club’s new base at the revamped Sluagh Hall in Swords which will also be used by Fingallian’s GAA Club who are neighbours of the building.
Sluagh Hall, located beside Fingallians GAA Club in Swords, has been re-opened by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler.
Sluagh Hall which was opened for the first time in 1938 by Eamon de Valera was one of a number of purpose built military facilities opened in the 1930s. The Hall served a military use as the home of the Local Defence Force and FCA for 75 years until its closure in 2013 due to the re-organisation of the Reserve Defence Forces nationally.
At that time, Fingal County Council identified the opportunity to redevelop the hall for use by the people of Swords and acquired Sluagh Hall from the Department of Defence in January 2014.
Fingal County Council engaged with Fingallians GAA Club and Swords Boxing Club and came up with a plan to convert the facility into a home for two of Sword’s prominent sports namely Gaelic games and boxing. It was decided to divide the hall into two separate parts to maximise the potential of the building as a facility that could be used by both clubs to develop their respective sports.
Speaking at the hall’s opening, Fingal’s Chief Executive Paul Reid thanked the two clubs for their support of the Sluagh Hall project and the level of co-operation they showed to Fingal County Council during the many stages involved in delivering the project. He said: ‘ Your efforts in encouraging participation in sport, particularly among our younger citizens are very much to your credit and are something the Council supports fully. This refurbished Hall stands as a great example of Fingal County Council’s work in breathing new life back into properties that come into the council’s ownership for use by the local community.’
The Fingal Mayor added: ‘ There has long been a strong tradition of voluntary military service in the area of Fingal, not least of which was the participation of men from the area in the 1916 Rising, both in the city and rural areas across the county.
‘ Throughout the years Sluagh Hall was recognised for volunteering. It is then most fitting that this spirit of volunteering will continue through the endeavours of Fingallians GAA Club and the Swords Boxing Club. I wish Fingallians and the Swords Boxing Club many happy years in their new homes here in Sluagh Hall and thank you for bringing life back to this old building.’ Swords Boxing Club have pursued a new home for a number of years now, eager to find a new permanent base with all the facilities it needs to develop the growing club.
Members of Fingallians GAA Club and Swords Boxing Club at the opening of the new shared facilities for Swords Boxing Club & Fingallians GAA Club.
Pictured at the opening of the new shared facilities for Swords Boxing Club & Fingallians GAA Club is Tommy Clarke, Chairman Swords Boxing Club, Cllr. Darragh Butler, Mayor of Fingal, Brendan McGrath, Vicechairman Fingallians GAA & Derek McKittrick, Chairman Fingallians Adult Games.
Pictured at the opening of the new shared facilities for Cllr Paul Mulville, Darragh O’Brien TD, Paul Reid Chief Executive Fingal CoCo, Darragh Butler, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anne Devitt Cllr Philip Lynam, and Cllr David O’Connor.