Saturday, March 04, 2017

Ardee boxer has Kilcullen connections

This is Adam Farrell, a 14-year-old amateur boxer from Ardee in Co Louth who recently brought back a silver medal for Ireland from a youth boxing tournament in Kaliningrad in Russia, writes Brian Byrne.

And what has that to do with Kilcullen? Well, Adam is the son of Paula Farrell, whose Mam is Marie Clifford from Kilcullen who has been living in Drogheda for many years.

Marie met up with her husband Tony Lynch while he was working in Kilcullen on the Currys Amusements that were a feature of Kilcullen summers for decades. Besides Paula, their children are Wayne, Sharon and Caroline.

From a large family — Marie’s mother was Kitty and her brothers are Benny, David, PJ and the late Dec, and sisters Josie and Kay — she still keeps tabs on Kilcullen with the help of Benny, who sends her the local papers every week. Paula got in touch with the Diary to recall many years of happy memories from her own childhood when they would come down to Kilcullen during summers.

Adam trains with the Leinster Development Squad under coach Mick Darby and is considered a promising young boxer. He won the Louth championships recently in the Boy 4 52kg category, and Ardee Boxing Club’s Robbie McKeever says ‘he has potential to move on and win things’.

(Pic courtesy, Ardee’s equivalent of the Kilcullen Diary.)