Saturday 18 January 2020

Firefighters light up boxing ring

Alison Long (Firefighters) and Aoife O’Gorman (Gardai) in action
Alison Long (Firefighters) and Aoife O’Gorman (Gardai) in action
Referee Darren O’Toole raising the hand of Stephen Tyrrell (Firefighters) following his win over Joe Kelly (Gardai)

Pádraig Byrne

Huge crowds arrived ringside at The Riverside Park Hotel recently as members of An Garda Síochána and the Fire Service squared off for the Blue Light Fight Night 2.

The first event took place five years ago in aid of Irish Dogs for the Disabled and such was its success, the decision was made to reprise the format, this time to raise much needed funds for St Patrick's Special School.

There was a total of twelve fights on the night and each of the fighters taking part put in a Trojan effort, both in the ring on the night and in the build-up, clocking up hours on the pads and boxing bags at Sacre Coeur Boxing Club in Enniscorthy and St Joseph's in Wexford.

There was an amazing buzz in the packed function room at The Riverside Park Hotel as the fighters made their way to the ring and the judges had their work cut out for them trying to separate some of the hotly contested bouts as both sides left everything in the ring.

However, ultimately it was the firefighters who retained the bragging rights at the end of the night, having come out on top in a total of ten bouts compared to the two for the gardaí.

The organisers wished to thank everyone who showed their support on the evening and said that the event's success 'was only possible thanks to the amazing generosity from the entire community'.

Enniscorthy Credit Union were the main sponsors, while dozens of businesses also helped out. Special thanks were also reserved for Paul McGrath and the Wexford hurlers who donated a signed Ireland jersey and hurley as a spot prize, while Sky News' Enda Brady managed to acquire a signed Anthony Joshua boxing glove which was auctioned off and managed to raise €223.

Friends of St Patrick's Special School also thanked both the Gardaí and the Fire Service for all their hard work and, with money still coming in, the final figure raised is set to be announced in the coming week.

Wexford People

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