15th August 2017
GAA stars from around the country will be taking
on a new breed of opposition on Tuesday, August 15th in St Conelth’s Park in
Newbridge as they size up against Ireland’s top jockeys as part of Hurling for
Cancer Research 2017.
For the sixth year in a row, legendary racehorse trainer Jim Bolger and Gold Cup winner and two-time National Hunt Champion jockey Davy Russell will bring household names in GAA and horse racing together to take part the celebrity hurling match in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. To date the event has raised €540,000 to fund the Irish Cancer Society’s innovative cancer research projects, which include a recent breakthrough in the treatment of triple negative breast cancer.
Lining-out for the unique clash of the ash at St
Conleth’s Park, Newbridge are a slew of well-known hurlers including Richie
Hogan, James Cha Fitzpatrick and JJ Delaney, former soccer players Niall Quinn
and Stephen Hunt, Wexford All Stars Mags Darcy and Ursula Jacob, former Mayo
footballer Conor Mortimer and GAA pundits Joe Brolly and Peter Canavan.
Jim Bolger’s stars will be managed by Liam Griffin and assisted by Davy
Fitzgerald, while Davy Russell’s best will be hoping for a second win in a row
led by Brian Cody and assisted by Derby winning jockey Kevin Manning.
Other familiar faces at the unique puck around will be former Olympic gold
medallist Ronnie Delaney who will umpire at the event with former champion
jockey Michael Kinane, GAA pundit Colm O’Rourke and racing pundit Ted Walsh.
RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan and jockey Katie Walsh will be lineswomen on
the evening while Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Seán Bán Breathnach will
commentate on the proceedings.
Fans will have a chance to meet their sporting idols on the night and there
will also be entertainment from Castlecomer Male Voice Choir and Tenor Anthony
Kearns will sing the National Anthem.
Throw-in is at 6.30pm and tickets costing €10 for adults and €15 for families. Tickets will be on sale at the gate, on the night
of the match. All money raised will go to the Irish Cancer Society to fund
researchers improving the lives of people across the country affected by