A concerted effort is being made to establish a boxing club in Tipperary Town and hopes are high that with the support of the local community it will get off the ground in the near future.Funding has already been secured to purchase equipment and the search is being conducted for a suitable home that would be able to accommodate a boxing ring.Two women involved in the Three Drives Resource Centre Anna Tuohy Halligan and Terry O’Connor are pushing the campaign which is being support by RAPID.
“Setting up a boxing club is something that has come up at a good number of meetings and it would be fantastic for the area,” said Terry O’Connor Co-Ordinator in the Three Drives Project.
Terry and Anna Tuohy Halligan, Three Drives Community Development worker, have been generating public support for the boxing club idea and already great strides have been made.
Terry O’Connor has already secured €10,000 in funding to purchase equipment which is an incredible start for a fledgling boxing club.
“I applied to the dormant accounts and I received the money which has to be spent on equipment which is there and waiting to be spent,” said Terry.
The Three Drives duo have been working with RAPID and with TRYS to push the boxing project.
One of the major stumbling blocks is the need to secure a suitable building for a boxing ring.
They had originally hoped to extent the community facilities at the Three Drives by providing an extension to the existing building but with the downturn in the economy the prospect of securing funding for that work disappeared.
Anna Tuohy Halligan said that a number of meetings had been held in the town and they were pleased with the response.
“We are trying to get people together who are interested in setting up a boxing club for the town.There are people interested in getting involved and we are on the lookout for a suitable building,” she said.
A table quiz was held to raise funds and public meetings were held and progress is being made.
Securing a building is the next step and you have to have training facilities to be affiliated to the Irish Boxing Association.
The steering group set up want to be affiliated to the IBA and need more volunteers to come on board..
“A boxing club would be a great addition for the town.We are doing our best to get it started and a steering group is trying to move it on,” said Terry O’Connor.
The group has been taking advise from a recently established boxing club in Thurles and there is on-going contact with people who have an interest in boxing living in the Tipperary town area.