An tArdmhéara Celebrates Darndale Boxing Clubs 40 Years Of Success In The Community

On Monday 14th September at 7pm, An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh will open the Darndale Boxing Club Photographic  exhibition hosted by Dublin City Council in Northside Civic Centre, Coolock, Dublin 17.

Speaking about the exhibition, An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh said, ‘‘Tá fíor áthas orm bheith anseo libh go léir i nDarndál tráthnóna inniu.  Tá ag éirí go geal leis an gcumann láidir dornálaíochta seo agus sibh ag céiliúradh 40 bliain ar an bhfód i dtuaisceart Bhaile Átha Cliath.  Is mór an difear atá déanta agaibh do mhuintir na háite sa tréimhse sin.  Darndale Boxing Club has been a leading light within its local community giving young people a chance to excel in the boxing world.  These images show 40 years of success in sport and community contribution and I hope the club will continue being so successful for many years to come.’’ 

In 1975, Darndale Boxing Club was founded and it has continued successfully as a pillar for sport and recreation in the community for the last 40 years.  Originally founded by trainers Paddy Mackey, Mick Cray and Paddy Fay, the club has turned out dozens of champion boxers and continues to train ambitious boxers as young as 10 years old.
The photos capture the spirit, skills and enjoyment of the boxers across the decades from a young age to adults.   They are a testimony to hard work of the many volunteer coaches and mentors but especially the achievements of the boxers.

Amongst other achievements, Darndale Boxing Club has been awarded the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) Best Boxing Club Award several times over the past 40 years, including 2015.  One of the clubs most memorable highlights was when Joe Lawler boxed in the 1988 Summer Olympics hosted in Seoul, South Korea.  Joe defeated Archibald Fausto from Mozambique in the first round, but was defeated in the second round by Timofey Skryabin from Russia.

The Club has its premises in the Dublin City Council managed Darndale Sports and Community Centre and contributes immensely to the local community.

For further information, please contact: 

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office

Or Jim Kelly, North Central Area,

Notes to the Editor:

The exhibition is on display from the 14th to the 18th September, in the Northside Civic Centre, Bunratty Rd, Coolock  and from the 21st to 25th September in the Bel Village Centre, Darndale. It is open to the public 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and admission is free.