CLAIMS THAT BOXING CLUB DEPRIVED OF FACILITY FOR EVENT
St John’s Boxing Club, Fermoy PRO, Pa Flynn, has claimed this week that the club has been deprived of using a community facility in the town to hold a planned boxing event.
Mr Flynn alleges that he was promised a hall in the Fermoy Community Youth Centre by the centre’s manager, but was later refused the same hall on safety grounds, ‘based on an outside opinion’, after he had already ordered tickets and posters for the event.
“I talked to the manager of the community centre on Monday last and everything was grand. He gave me a price and we agreed. On Tuesday he asked for a copy of the insurance and security licence, which I produced.
"I had tickets and posters printed. Over 50 tickets were sold so far. On Wednesday he rang the treasurer and told him that we could not get the hall. He said he got an outside opinion and he was advised not to give the hall because of safety regulations.”
Mr Flynn went on to state that he felt that the club was being victimised.
“I feel that we are being victimised, that St John’s Boxing Club is being deprived of the facility. This is a community centre for the community of the town. We’re part of the community. We’re trying to do something good for the youth of the town,” Mr Flynn said.
When contacted by The Avondhu, Mr Kieran Barry, the manager of the Community Youth Centre commented on the situation: “We cannot hold the event here because the venue is not suitable. I tried to accommodate him, but I cannot hold something that would put people’s lives in danger. We cannot hold it due to public safety.”
The hall requested by the boxing club, which was deemed to be unsuitable for the boxing event, was the dance hall in the centre.
Mr Flynn stated that boxing events were held in the facility in the past and he couldn’t understand the reasoning behind the refusal. He intends to still hold the event and try to secure an alternative venue.
Thursday 4th February 6:56pm