Wexford sports stars to play ball for charity at fifth Hurling for Cancer event in Kildare

By Amy Lewis

Published 23/07/2016 | 00:00

Wexford horse trainer Jim Bolger.
Wexford horse trainer Jim Bolger.

Wexford horse trainer Jim Bolger will get ready to swap his horse for a hurl when he takes on some GAA legends in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The horse-racing legend will play ball for the fifth year in a row for the charity hurling match at St Conleth's Park in Newbridge on August 9. Other local faces will include former Wexford manager Liam Griffin, who will coach Jim Bolger's team for the almighty clash, and all-Ireland Senior Camogie winner Ursula Jacob.

'Since we started Hurling for Cancer in 2012 we have had tremendous support from Ireland's talented sportsmen and women who take to the pitch to raise much needed funds for cancer research,' said Jim Bolger. 'Most families in Ireland have been touched by cancer and Davy and I are firm believers that investment in cancer research is key to finding a cure in the future. We are proud to support the research being carried out by the Irish Cancer Society and look forward to a great game again this year.'

Other players on the day will include Henry Shefflin, former Ireland striker Niall Quinn, Irish Sportswoman of the Year Katie Walsh and many other household names including TJ Ryan, JJ Delaney, DJ Carey, Kevin Manning, Michael J Kinane and Colm O'Rourke.

The celebrity hurling match is now in its fifth year and to date, it has raised €400,000 to fund cancer research. The aim of this year's event is to raise an additional €100,000.

The match will kick off at 6.30 p.m. and the event is open to all. Tickets cost €10 and €15 for families from www.cancer.ie.

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