O'Hanlon Park Boxing Club Dundalk are moving to their new premises, a unit on the Long Walk, that once housed the Toymaster warehouse.
The club was founded in 2005 by Paul Taaffe, Eddie Lawless and Eugene Dunbar.
In the beginning, the club had only twenty members. Two years later the club was forced to move due to the need for a larger venue.
They moved to St. Nicholas Hall on Philip Street as membership steadily rose to nearly eighty.
The club plans to expand their already hospitable and inclusive setup.
Paul Taafe spoke to the Democrat about this exciting new venture.
“We are in the process of fund-raising for the move. It will cost us up to €200-€250,000 to purchase the building.
“There will be a lot of health and safety regulations to put in place such as doors etc. The cause of the move was that we were renting out our premises in O'Hanlon Park for the past 9-10 years, it took us two hours to both set-up and dismantle gear. We plan to run the club from 10 in the morning, to 10 at night, when we make the move. The club’s members have an age range of 6 – 70, it’s a great, inclusive atmosphere”.
“We plan for The North Dundalk Family Support Hub to run in the same building. They run a fantastic service, supporting families and those who unfortunately have been troubled with drugs and alcohol.
“The club is a great place for those with low self-esteem, or who feel isolated, to meet like-minded friends.
“Our members come from all races and cultures, all age ranges and boxing backgrounds, we don’t separate the pro's from the beginners, which adds to the inclusive atmosphere”.
“We plan to do some bag-packing and flag days to fund-raise for the move. We also plan to contact local businesses, in the hope that they will help with the fundraising.”
If you would be interested in becoming a member of the club, or would like to help with the fund-raising, you can contact Paul Taaffe, by calling 087 4139803, or you can email the club at
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