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Friday 18 October 2019

Firefighters get in the ring with local Gardaí

Enniscorthy Garda and Fire service size up at the launch of there Boxing tournament at Enniscorthy Fire station Wednesday. Paul Mc Grath declares the opening bout a draw.
Enniscorthy Garda and Fire service size up at the launch of there Boxing tournament at Enniscorthy Fire station Wednesday. Paul Mc Grath declares the opening bout a draw.

David Medcalf

Olympian Adam Nolan and former world champion Bernard Dunne have been signed up as expert corner-men for a unique evening of boxing.

The 'Blue Light Fight Night' will pit members of the Garda Síochána against fire fighters from the Wexford brigade.

Intense training for the fisticuffs to take place in the Riverside Park Hotel on November 22 has already begun.

The Gardaí are being prepared for the ring by Nicky Kirwan at the local club gymnasium in The Ballagh.

Meanwhile, Frankie Kirwan is licking the fire fighters into shape at the Sacré Coeur ABC complex in Pearse Road, Enniscorthy.

Among those sparring and pumping iron is Garda Gavin Tracy, the man who came up with the idea.

The Oulart resident has boxed in the past and he has now turned to his former pastime for a cause dear to his heart, as all money raised will be handed over to the Irish Dogs for the Disabled organisation.

His five-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk unaided, so she is on the waiting list for one of dogs.

Gavin and his wife Leona have been amazed and encouraged by the response to the unusual sporting promotion.

'We have already raised €2,000 and we haven't even sold a ticket yet,' he revealed last week.

Sponsorship from local business is being collected while various offers of help have also been forthcoming.

Among those on the line to Garda Tracy has been Sky TV news reporter Enda Brady, who was in touch to volunteer his services as master of ceremonies.

Music will be provided on the night by the likes of David O'Connor, Kiera Dignam and DJ Jim O Connor. Ex-soccer international Paul McGrath has assisted in the planning of the event while 'Secret Millionaire' Jim Breen has also shown willing.

Adam Nolan is a serving Garda while Bernard Dunne has good fire brigade credentials, having taken the fire service training before devoting himself full time to boxing.

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