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Camlough ABC Have the Fight to Keep Going

By Kieran Lynch

Following the recent closure of their old premises, Camlough Amateur Boxing Club reopened for business last week, thanks to the goodwill of club members John and Leigh-Jane Mooney.

Camlough ABC had unfortunately been left without a home following the closure of their last premises due to health and safety concerns, but club secretary and coach Martin McCusker paid thanks to Father Larkin and the parish for allowing the club to use the old schoolhouse for as long as they did, saying “Camlough ABC are very appreciative.”

The club had then been left with nowhere to call home until club member John Mooney got in touch with McCusker via a Facebook private message, which made his, “Eyes light up”, and Mooney offered the use of his shed for the club.

Mooney, whose son Johnny is a junior member of the club offered the use of his shed because, “What these lads have done for my son, nobody could have done. Boxing has brought him out of his shell and given him confidence.”

Camlough ABC coach and mentor Martin McCusker (centre) John and Leigh-Jane Mooney and their son Johnny.

The members of Camlough ABC had been working hard over the past few weeks and they have transformed the humble shed into a legitimate home for the boxing club. Club secretary McCusker described the gym as, “Homely”, and stated that, “Champions come out of smaller gyms”, which is hard to argue with as Camlough ABC have Ulster Senior Champion Fearghus Quinn amongst their ranks, as well as coaches Paddy Faloon and Martin Holland who boast 11 Ulster Titles between them.

Already kitted out with numerous punching bags and a ring, Camlough ABC are planning to introduce more top of the range equipment in the gym, such as exercise bikes.

Awards and achievements of current and former members adorn the walls of Camlough Amateur Boxing Club’s impressive new premises

McCusker is delighted with the gym’s location, which is only a half-mile outside Camlough village as he stated, “If you take your club outside the village, you’re taking your name away from it.”

Despite this, Camlough ABC attracts members from all over as McCusker explained, “The club has drawn in people from Dromintee, Glennane, Newtownhamilton, Jonesborough, Bessbrook and as far as Armagh.”

Camlough ABC is open for everyone and runs both junior and senior classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.