Proud day for Swords club

Fingal Independent - - SPORT -

A BUSY and ex­cit­ing few days for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with Swords Box­ing Club kicked off last Satur­day when they marked their long-an­tic­i­pated move to new premises with an af­ter­noon of pageantry.

A mas­sive crowd turned out and there was a march, ac­com­pa­nied by a pipe band, from Swords’ main street, over the bridge and into their new home at Slu­agh Hall, part of which will also be used by Fin­gal­lians GAA Club.

It was an es­pe­cially proud mo­ment for peo­ple like founder mem­ber Nicky O’cal­laghan, John Shep­pard and all the com­mit­tee mem­bers who worked hard over so many years to se­cure the premises, and the open­ing was wel­comed also by lo­cal TD Clare Daly.

Asked about the sig­nif­i­cance of the new fa­cil­i­ties for Swords box­ing, O’cal­laghan re­sponded: ‘We worked hard to get this premises and I think that now we have a good premises and coach­ing staff in place, that we give the kids a fair chance of com­pet­ing against the other clubs in Dublin and Ire­land.

‘I would like to thank ev­ery­body that helped us along the way, and our spon­sors as with­out them we could not keep go­ing.

‘It was an emo­tional and proud day for me.’

The club is hop­ing for a great turnout when it stages its first show this com­ing Satur­day, start­ing at 7pm - play­ing host to a a strong team from Hun­gary.

One of Swords’ stars, Ni­amh Fay, will take on Euro­pean sil­ver medal­list Bet­tina Kiss and among the other ex­cit­ing lo­cals on show will be Ir­ish cham­pi­ons Brian Kennedy and Tommy Lee, All-ire­land run­ner-up John Fay, Eric Court­ney and Jack Mcleer.

Swords Box­ing Club mem­bers march to­wards their new premises.

Club Chair­man Nicky O’cal­laghan and Clare Daly TD.

Clare Daly TD cuts the rib­bon to mark the open­ing of the new fa­cil­i­ties.

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