Arbour Hill Boxing Club had been closed for renovations. It was re-opened on Friday 5th of February 2016 by President Michael D Higgins. In attendance were politicians, sponsors, champion Irish boxers, club members, family and friends. Triplets Michael, William and Martin Carruth were there. They met with the club’s triplet boxers David, Matthew and Dylan McDonagh. Boxers Mick Dowling, Noel Brennan, Eddie Tracey, Brendan McCarthy & Bernard Dunne were also in attendance.
Arbour Hill Boxing Club was established in 1929. It has now seen new separate male and female changing rooms built in the renovation.The Ceiling also got a new lick of paint. Brothers Alan and John Keogh are sponsors and financial backers of the project. The club kept them out of trouble in the early days and they wanted to give something back in return. Finance was also secured through a state grant of €25,000 awarded via the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.
President Michael D Higgins met with Club Officials, members and club sponsors. He took time to walk around the club and meet local people. The President took a moment and became a boxing spectator. The lights went down for two amateur exhibition boxing matches in the ring. David McDonald of Arbour Hill Boxing Club boxed Seán Doyle of Cherry Orchard Boxing Club in the first bout. Rive McCormack of Arbour Hill Boxing Club boxed Carmen Maurodin of Bay City Boxing Club in the second. President Higgins then addressed the crowd, opened proceedings and unveiled the club’s new wall plaque. Nathan Palmer made a presentation on behalf of the club to the president.
Club President Brian Sutton & Club chairman Des Phelan made a presentation to 1968 Olympic boxers Eddie Tracey, Mick Dowling & Brendan McCarthy.
The future of the club looks bright and I wish the very best to everyone involved and long may Arbour Hill Boxing Club prosper.
~ Prof Patrick McNally, DCU