CHARLEVILLE Boxing Club, formed just last June, has gone from strength to strength and there are now 30 young people ranging from ten years upwards learning the skills of the sport from three coaches.
The aspiring young boxers meet three nights a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday - at their base in Charleville GAA Centre on Baker's Road for training under coaches Tommy O'Donnell and Adam Kennedy. The place is a hive of activity as the young enthusiasts of both genders, who must be over nine to join up, are put through their paces.
"We have a great committee in place and the venture has exceeded our wildest expectations and we have thirty-three members so far," said organiser and community garda Nick Phelan.
"Our concern now is that the space we have may not be adequate to cater for our membership but, perhaps, it is too early to judge that."
The club, which is affiliated to the IABA, has the support of the local GAA Club which has allowed their premises to be used by the boxers each week, and by Ballyhoura Development, whose Geraldine Lyons is on the committee. Other members of the committee are Chairman Brendan O'Donovan, Hon. Secretary and Coach Tommy O'Donnell, Treasurer Teresa McCarthy, Child Protection Officer, Sharon Roche, Parents Representative, Sean Bowman, PRO Nick Phelan and Adam Kennedy, Coach.