BOXING COACH IN THE CLEAR
There was relief this week for one of the region’s best known boxing personalities when he learned he has no case to answer relating to allegations surrounding missing funds from Fermoy Boxing Club.
Pa Flynn from Clancy Street, Fermoy became embroiled in controversy when the allegations were first made in June 2008. From the outset he strenuously denied any wrong doing and feels vindicated by the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions not to press charges against him.
Speaking to The Avondhu this week, Mr Flynn claimed, “These were trumped up charges from the very start orchestrated by people who wanted to destroy my character. “When these allegations were first made I went to the gardai and co-operated fully, I had nothing to hide and always believed I would be cleared.”
“Unfortunately, the publicity surrounding this entire saga has put a big strain on me and my family. I now feel greatly relieved and would like to thank everyone who stood by me especially my family and friends, members of St John’s Boxing Club (where Pa is PRO), Ken Butterworth who had no hesitation in giving us the hall (the CM&WS) to train and Matt Bermingham my solicitor.”
An emotional Pa Flynn said boxing was his life and it was inconceivable he would attempt to undermine a club he had dedicated his life to building up.
“I never took a penny from Fermoy Boxing Club, I was involved in that club since I was 8 years old, through that involvement I met John Mahon who became my closest friend, any money that was spent was spent on looking after boxers, I never benefited, indeed I remember plenty of times sleeping in a van outside The Rathgar Hotel on frosty nights, I did it for the love of my sport and I’ve no regrets.”
A boxer who never achieved major honours, Pa was renowned for his ability to take punishment in the ring and he believes this never-give-in attitude has served him well in what has been a very difficult time.
“These people thought they’d get the better of me, they thought they could take me down, but I’m not someone who gives up easily, I told The Avondhu and anyone else who wanted to listen that this smear campaign wouldn’t work and that I’d come through it, the guards have investigated and the DPP has said I’ve no case to answer, that’s the news I’ve been waiting for,” said a relieved and defiant Pa Flynn.
Thursday 8th April 7:09pm