Andy Lee doesn’t forget his own parish’s fight

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Home is where the heart is: Andy Lee with Paul O'Connor, Padraig Power, Derek Power, Sarah Power and Eoin Sexton at Bradshaw's Bar, Castleconnell. Picture: Dave Gaynor
DESPITE facing into one of the biggest fights of his life the ongoing battle against flooding in Castleconnell was on Andy Lee’s mind this week.

DESPITE facing into one of the biggest fights of his life the ongoing battle against flooding in Castleconnell was on Andy Lee’s mind this week.

He tweeted Tammy Meansey, who is looking forward to Saturday night’s match-up in Manchester against Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO world title, “How are ye all in Castleconnell? Hope the floods haven’t affected you”.

His boyhood friend from the village, Paul O’Donoghue says that is the kind of man Andy is.

“He is always watching the news and keeping in touch with the area,” said Paul. It hasn’t been great news but if the village escapes major flooding it will be a sweet victory. After travelling to New York for the Peter Quillin fight he wasn’t going to miss the bout across the Irish Sea.

“There are three of us heading over – myself, William Hayes and Patrick Hartigan. We would all know Andy,” said Paul, who has been in contact with the middleweight.

“I’ve been speaking to him a small bit. He has been training away and is just getting ready for the big fight. It has been a long time coming and he is looking forward to getting it done and to a good Christmas,” said Paul.

The aim is to meet up after Billy Joe Saunders title’s hopes are vanquished.

Another big Castleconnell boxing fan is Mark Connolly.

He erected a big banner earlier this year for the champ but this time it might have gotten washed away!

Mark’s plan is to watch the fight in Bradshaw’s Bar, home to Andy Lee’s Corner.

“He is a gentle-man. Everybody here is very proud of him and hopefully he will do the business again at the weekend and set himself up for what could be a couple of incredible fights next year,” said Mark.

“George Lee, of Shannon Stores, said the biggest fight at the weekend wasn’t Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo.

“It was mother nature versus Castleconnell. There will be a big night’s celebration if we get away with this [no serious flooding] and Andy wins at the weekend please God,” said George.

The fight is only available to view on Box Nation.

- See Leader Sport for more on Saturday night’s big fight