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Punches will fly in Ballinrobe courthouse

Punches will fly in Ballinrobe courthouse

Anton McNulty

Ballinrobe Courthouse is expected to become the new home of Ballinrobe Boxing Club when the building is passed into the hands of Mayo County Council.
The former courthouse which is located on Main Street is currently in the control of the Court Services, but it is expected that they will soon sign over the property to Mayo County Council. Local councillor Michael Burke told The Mayo News that he was delighted that the council is taking over the building and will be supporting the local boxing club in its efforts to move into the building.
“The council has been trying to acquire the building from the Courts Service, and I understand that decision is imminent. The boxing club has been looking at different property for the last eight months or longer and has made submissions to the council to use the building. I would favour them getting the upstairs part, which would suit their needs,” he said.
It is understood that no financial exchange will take place between the Courts Service and the council because the building is deemed surplus to requirements.
The courthouse closed suddenly in 2009 due to poor facilities and the need for ‘a review of security arrangements’. The court sittings were moved to Castlebar.
The first District Court sitting following the foundation of the Irish Free State was in Ballinrobe. Despite local opposition to its closure, it was announced in October 2009 that it was to remain permanently closed.
“I am disappointed that the Court Services are not for turning on that issue, and they did confirm they will no longer hold court in it. The reasons given were poor, but they intend to close small court houses around the country,” said Cllr Burke, who added he was glad it would remain a community resource.