The Celtic Dragon Martial Arts and Fitness Club is a valuable asset to the town of New Ross and proof that there are still alot of young people with passion and drive left in the area despite the terrible effects of emigration. That's the view of local Sinn Féin election candidate Oisin O' Connell who visited the centre with European candidate Liadh Ní Riada last week.
"Its great to see young people being given a safe and encouraging environment to learn a discipline that will stay with them all their lives," Mr O' Connell said, "In times when so many of that generation have been drove out by the brutal realities of austerity, its uplifting to see young people forming a positive and successful community around the dedicated mentors at the Celtic Dragon club."
"It's amazing to learn that the centre has had next to no support or funding from local or national government. A project that is giving young people such a good start deserves recognition and access to funding that can assure its survival and expansion."
Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Fein's candidate in the European South Constituency, was also impressed by the Dragons, so much so that she plans to approach her party's Sports spokeswoman and have it questioned in the Dail as to why kickboxing is not recognised as a professional sport in this state. "Getting it the recognition it deserves as a real sport would be a good start," she said.