We highlighted the tremendous work being done last season by the dedicated people involved in re-invigorating the defunct St Patrick’s boxing club.
People like Chris O’Shaughnessy, Conor Phelan, Tommy Walton, Brendan O’Leary, David Foley and Joe Woods, took their courage in their hands a couple of seasons ago. They felt that there was a void in the sporting life of the City. They hired space and equipped their training area at great expense.
Now they call the Watershed in Loughboy home. Chris and his fellow enthusiasts are nothing if not courageous.
After a successful year the club hits the resin, the ropes, the bags, starting last Monday at 7 bells. Their schedule is as it was last season, training on Monday (7 to 9pm), Thursday (7 to 9pm) and Saturday from 11 to 1pm.
Last year Jennifer Blanchfield enjoyed a modicum of success when winning a Leinster medal, while Robert Butler won a Leinster title at Boy 3 level at 80kgs. He was beaten in the All-Ireland final.
Dr Terry Chrystal has taken on a number of responsibilities, not least of which is in the field of medical care. Fr Dan Carroll is the President of the club, and Garda Sharon McNell is again charged with coaching and looking after the female element of the club.
“We are looking forward to another successful season,” said the enthusiastic O’Shaughnessy, and, of course, we hope that new members will come to swell the already heavily committed membership who have signed up for the season”.