Thursday, November 17, 2022

RAGING Bull Boxing Club in Carlow is hoping to capitalise on the popularity of boxing and particularly on the success of the Irish ladies boxing team which topped the medal table at the recent European Championships in Montenegro. The team picked up three gold medals and Amy Broadhurst was awarded the boxer of the tournament title. Irish boxing has never been as strong and interest in the sport is booming.

The Carlow club is based at the back of the old Youth Centre in Rathnapish and has been catering for boxers of all standards over the last few years. Tonight (Friday 4 Nov), one of their club members, Luke Walsh, is fighting in the National Senior Finals at the National Stadium in the 80kg category.

Luke Walsh in preparation for his senior 80kg final

Patrick Cahill of the Raging Bull club says it has never been a better time to take up boxing.

“There are a lot of mothers and fathers there and we just need to remind them about the Raging Bull Club. Everyone is welcome. The benefits are discipline and structure for the children. It is good for confidence as well,” the club officer confirmed.

“Depending on whether they want to take it to a level where they want to compete, they would have to do a medical. If they were not competing they could do some training, use it as a hobby and just enjoy being involved,” said Cahill.

The club has had a number of provincial and All-Ireland winners in the past and has built up a rich tradition in Carlow. Cahill says they cater for ten year olds from 6 to 7.00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. From 7 until about 8.30pm older boxers can take part in coaching sessions. The fee is €3.50 per session and €20 for registration.

“They get in there. Do a warm-up. Whatever the coach is doing that evening, they would be on the bags, on the pads doing different combinations. They would start to learn the ways of the boxing world,” said Cahill who confirmed the club has 4-5 qualified coaches.

Anthony McGrath pictured during a training session in the Raging Bull Boxing Club with coach Ollie Towey. Photo:

“We want to remind people we are there and we have good crowds every session. We have a number of Leinster and All-Ireland winners. It is well run, we are well-knit together and we are all looking out for one another,” Cahill confirmed.

For more information contact Patrick at 089 4447290.


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