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Monday 22 September 2014

Michael Carruth attends High Court hearing for boxing club seeking to continue training at Dublin venue

Published 26/02/2014 | 16:33

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Former Irish Olympic boxer Michael Carruth arrives at the Four Courts for Trinity boxing club's High Court Action. Photo: COurtpix

A BOXING club wants the High Court to order that it is entitled to continue operating in its Dublin premises for a minimum of five years.

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In 2012, Trinity Boy's Boxing Club of Donaghmede secured injunctions preventing its landlord, Trinity Sports and Leisure Club (TSLC), from allegedly terminating a 2008 agreement allowing it to occupy the Hole-in-the-Wall Road premises for at least five years.

The full hearing over whether the club is entitled to remain on in the premises began this week before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan who yesterday reiterated a view he expressed earlier that the parties should come to an agreement given the great work the club was doing.

The judge noted a number of well-known people from the boxing world were in attendance for the hearing. 

These included Olympic medal winners Michael Carruth and Kenneth Egan.

The court has heard the dispute arose after the boxing club sought, in 2011, to carry out building works to make what had been a squash court more suitable for boxing. 

As part of its application for a €25,000 sports grant, it had to show it had a lease of TSLC for at least another five years.

As part of the licence agreement to operate in the premises,  the boxing club required permission from TSLC before any building works could be carried out. 

However, a dispute arose over whether such permission was granted with TSLC saying it had lost its trust in the boxing club.

Central to the dispute was an allegation that the signature of TSLC chairman Patrick M Byrne had been forged on a letter, a claim strongly denied by the boxing club.

The hearing continues.

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