Proud day for Swords club
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.