Big Wexford involvement in novelty hurling match
Wexford's Derby-winning horse trainer Jim Bolger has again teamed up with champion jumps jockey Davy Russell to organise a charity novelty hurling match, to be played at St Conleth's Park in Newbridge, Co Kildare, during August.
The match follows the success of a similar initiative last year, and again, the Wexford involvement is not confined to just Jim Bolger, as others involved in various guises include 1996 All-Ireland goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry and manager Liam Griffin; 1968 All-Ireland winner Dave Bernie; and Kiltealy tenor Anthony Kearns, who will be accompanied by the Artane Boys Band as he sings Amhrán na bhFiann before play begins.
Other hurling stars who are also involved in horse racing and who have been lined up to take part include Mark Landers and Joe Deane (Cork), TJ Ryan (Limerick), Pat Fox (Tipperary) and Charlie Carter (Kilkenny). The legendary DJ Carey (Kilkenny) and Nicky English (Tipperary) will lace up there boots again, while there is also the prospect of seeing Meath footballing legend and 'The Sunday Game' analyst Colm O'Rourke lining out with a hurl in his hand, and Derby-winning jockeys Kevin Manning and Michael Kinane will do the same.
Others involved include Kilkenny manager Brian Cody, who will manage Davy Russell's team on the night; broadcasting sisters Grainne and Sile Seoige; top lady jockey Katie Walsh; Olympic gold medallists Katie Taylor and Ronnie Delaney, and Ryanair chief, Michael O'Leary. The whole shebang will be refereed by Cyril Farrell of Galway, and the one and only Micheal O Muircheartaigh will provide a live commentary on the night.
The match will begin at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday August 13, with tickets costing €10 for adults or just €15 for families.
All proceeds will go to the Irish Cancer Society, and tickets can be ordered online at www.cancer.ie or by phone at 1850 606060.
Tickets are also available directly from Jim Bolger: telephone (056) 4443150 or (056) 4443158.
Professor John Fitzpatrickof the Irish Cancer Society said: 'We are delighted that Jim Bolger and Davy Russell have brought together such an amazing group of people for the second Hurling for Cancer Research event. The Irish Cancer Society is committed to ensuring that quality research is funded so that every person in Ireland will have access to the best treatment possible. We rely entirely on the generosity of the public to fund our programme of cancer research. Events like this make our research possible."