September 20, 2020
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Sucker punch: Boxing club in Bray left homeless after building sold during lockdown

A boxing club based in Bray is set to lose its home after the building it is located in was sold during the lockdown.

St Teresa’s Boxing Club, which is based in the Oldcourt Business Park off the Boghall Road,  has contacted Wicklow County Council in an effort to  find a new home.

“We at St Teresas Bc are currently homeless!” a statement on their Facebook page says.

“The premises that we ran our club had been sold during the lockdown without any warning given to us. Our good friends in Rathnew bc have been kind enough to invite us to train with them when the lockdown is over 29km away.

“But I think it’s crazy that a boxing club in Bray, with multiple, Wicklow, Wexford, Dublin, Leinster, Irish, senior elite champions and a European Olympic bronze medalist who has been recognized by the community for his achievements cannot secure a premises.

“We offer such an essential service to the community teaching discipline, health and fitness, and changing the lives of both young children and adults and for it to be so difficult to keep this service running without any local authorities support in any way. We contacted them through 6 different elected councilors and we were totally dismissed each time.

“So the question now is where do we go from here and who can we look to for help as I honestly don’t know where we can go from here.

“A big thanks to all the people who have helped us Dermot O’Brien Joe Behan, Aoife flynn, Desi O Toole. Any everyone else who has tried to help us.”

Picture: Katie Taylor with a fan  during a visit to St Teresa’s Boxing Club

 

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