Thursday, 17 January 2013

Bray Town Council funding towards a new clubhouse for Bray Boxing Club is welcomed

Bray Sinn Féin Councillors John Brady and Rossa Murray have welcomed
the provision of €40,000 in funding for a new clubhouse for Bray
Boxing club which is the home of Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor.
This funding is on top of the €190,000 that was allocated towards the
new facility in December through the Sports Capital Funding programme.

Speaking after the Bray budget meeting which was held on Tuesday
evening Cllr Brady said "I warmly welcome the provision of €40,000
towards a new clubhouse for Bray Boxing club. There is fantastic
talent in the club and this money coupled with the €190,000 the club
received in December through the sports capital funding will go along
way towards building a state of the art facility for the club which is
home to the Olympic champion Katie Taylor. A site has been identified
in Ballywaltrim for the development of the clubhouse which must now go
through the planning process.  Unfortunately due to an illness in the
family i missed the meeting on Tuesday but i fully support and welcome
the provision of the funding".

Cllr Murray added "The funding from the council coupled with the
provision of a site has to be welcomed. It has been a long process and
for many years the club received no support at council level and only
for the work and continued pressure from my party colleague councillor
John Brady the club would have never got its current facility in the
harbour and probably would be still homeless. It has to be said the
added interest in the club since Katie won gold last year has sped
things along and ultimately helped secure this funding. Whilst i had
to vote against the overall budget on Tuesday because of the Home Tax
and the councils provision of €82,000 to pay Phil Hogan and the
Government the tax for the councils housing stock, i however fully
supported the inclusion of the €40,000 for the Boxing Club".

Cllr Brady concluded "Hopefully things can now move along smoothly and
swiftly to ensure the new clubhouse is constructed to cater for the
club and its new members who have taken up the sport because of the
exploits of their hero Katie Taylor. The allocation of the funding is
little more than the club deserves from the council and is a
recognition of the excellent talent within the club from the boxers to
the coaches".

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