Wexford's good sports return to pitch for charity

By AMY LEWIS

Published 14/07/2015 | 00:00

Liam Griffin.
Liam Griffin.
The players in action at last year's match.

Several Wexford sporting legends will dust off their hurls and lend their skills to a good cause next month.

Dave Bernie, Damien Fitzhenry and Wexford all-Ireland winning manager Liam Griffin will join a host of famous Irish sportspeople for a celebrity hurling match in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on August 11.

The event, which will take place in Saint Conleth's Park in Kildare, will see GAA and horse racing stars battle it out on the pitch to raise money for cancer research. Other notable participants will include Ronnie Delaney, top female jockey Katie Walsh, soccer legend Niall Quinn and hurlers D.J. Carey and Nicky English.

Irish icon Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will be craoltoir on the day, while Anthony Kearns from The Irish Tenors will wow the crowd with his rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann.

This is the fourth year that the fundraiser will take place since it was first organised by horse racing star Jim Bolger and champion jockey Davy Russell.

According to Jim, the match is always very well-supported.

'The whole community gets behind the event and that's what makes it a brilliant day out,' he said. 'We have been able to raise a massive sum of money for cancer research thanks to that help.'

Hurling for Cancer Research has raised €300,000 for the Irish Cancer Society's various cancer research initiatives to date and this year, organisers will aim to bring in even more.

Dr. Robert O' Connor, Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society said he is 'delighted' that the event is being organised again this year.

'We have ambitious plans to expand our cancer research programmes even further but we rely on the generosity of the public to make this happen,' he explained. 'Fundraising from our supporters and events like this make our research possible.'

Tickets for the match will cost €10 for adults and €15 for families, with all money raised going to the Irish Cancer Society.

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