RTE’s Secret Millionaire John Fitzpatrick was back in town last Friday.
The New York hotelier paid a visit to the O’Hanlon Park Boxing Club to discuss plans for a new €x150,000 extension to the centre.
Mr Fitzpatrick had previously given €c2000 to the centre during his last visit as part of the RTE show last September.
Head coach of the boxing club, Paul Taaffe spoke to the Dundalk Democrat about the meeting.
“John dropped by to see how we were getting on with plans to extend the club. I was in contact with him just before Christmas and he said he would be coming over to help push forward the plans and also see about organising grants for us.”
Paul praised the level of interest and the amount of work the Secret Millionaire has put into the project since the original show aired on RTE last year.
“He has been a massive push so far. I’ve been trying to get this off the ground for the last seven years. But when John and the show arrived it changed everything.
“We now have plans to erect a permanent ring and he (John Fitzpatrick) said to me that he will continue to back us 100 per cent.”
Local TD and Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick also attended the meeting on Friday and Mr Taaffe said that the two Fitzpatrick’s are working together to get funding for the project.
At present the centre accommodates for seventy people on a regular basis and the need for more space is driving the extension on.
However, although the project has moved forward with speed in the last six months, Paul is not putting a strict deadline on when the extension will be completed.
“It’s a slow process. We want to ensure that everyone is included in any of the decisions made. This is a community effort and it will be a great facility for the whole town when it is finished.”