Boxing club desperate for a permanent home
A Dublin boxing club that caters for more than 70 children and adults from the local community is at risk of closing down if South Dublin County Council do not find them a permanent home.
The Esker Boxing Club, based in Lucan, has been training at the Goodwin's Industrial estate for the last two years.
However, a monthly rent of around €900 as well as the premises being run on a petrol-fuelled generator have left the club struggling to cope.
"The rent is around €900, and we've great equipment at the club, but we need to find a new permanent location," coach Ed Griffin said.
"When myself or one of the other coaches isn't around to organise the training session, we have to call it off because it's too dangerous to start up the generator.
"When we arrive for training, we first have to open the unit, get out the generator, check if there's enough petrol and if not, one of us has to go down to the local garage to fill up a jerry can.
"This is all before we can even start the training session," he added.
Mr Griffin also explained how the lack of adequate heating as a result of having no electricity on the premises means it can simply be too cold for the younger children, some of whom are only six, to train on freezing winter evenings.
Local councillor William Lavelle recently tabled a motion requesting that South Dublin County Council address the accommodation needs of Esker Boxing Club.
The council management responded by saying "the clubs needs will be factored into any sporting developments", but added that it was "premature to consider their exact needs".
The urgent need for the club to find a permanent location has been supported by several councillors in the area, including Mr Lavelle who recently secured a €5,000 grant for the club to find a new premises.
However, time is running out for the club that hosted the first All-Ireland underage girls' tournament in 2013.