Plans underway for Katie Taylor visit to Limerick

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

OLYMPIC boxing champion, Katie Taylor, looks set to make a visit to Limerick in the coming weeks to open a city boxing club.

OLYMPIC boxing champion, Katie Taylor, looks set to make a visit to Limerick in the coming weeks to open a city boxing club.

The boxer, who fulfilled her lifelong dream on Thursday by winning a gold medal for Ireland, is expected to join the Olympic boxing team in Limerick in the coming weeks to open the Southside Boxing Academy.

“It would be like winning the lotto. The place would be packed,” said Gerry Barry, president of Southside Boxing Academy which is a new, high performance centre located in the former Fulflex building in Galvone Industrial Estate.

“Everyone is on a buzz, a high. She is a star. For such a small team, there are three or four of them with medals already. It’s fantastic,” he added.

According to Kieran Ryan, former assistant director of Limerick Regeneration and current committee member of the Southside Boxing Academy, the club has a “firm commitment” from Dominic O’Rourke, the director of boxing with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, that he will bring the Olympic boxing team to Limerick to formerly open the boxing academy.

The visit is expected to take place in September or early October.

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