Good old GAA punch up in store for Paddy’s Day

Bray People - - NEWS -

THERE will be a Paddy’s Day ‘punch up’ be­tween foot­ballers from Wick­low and Kil­dare at St Lau­rence’s GFC Pav­il­lion.

How­ever, this punch up at the south Co Kil­dare club is a good­na­tured match up in aid of a very good cause, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the Grange­con Box­ing Club Ren­o­va­tion Fund.

There will be eigh­teen bouts in all, fea­tur­ing foot­ballers from clubs in Wick­low (Dunlavin, Donard/Glen and Balt­in­glass) and Kil­dare (St. Lau­rence’s and Kil­cullen).

Among the foot­ballers box­ing on the night will be An­thony Nolan (Balt­in­glass), Justin Bir­chall (Dunlavin), Larry Daly (Donard/Glen) and for­mer county player Sean O’Brien (Balt­in­glass).

Two girls Emma Har­ney and Claire Mur­phy will also be fight­ing on the night, while in the ‘vin­tage’ sec­tion there is also one bout – Tommy Byrne ver­sus Joe Mur­phy!

This is the sec­ond year of this event and it’s hoped that next Wed­nes­day night’s event will be even more suc­cess­ful than last year, when over 1,500 peo­ple from Wick­low and Kil­dare came along to sup­port the fight­ers at what proved to be a great night out.

Grange­con Box­ing Club’s Euro­pean and Na­tional Cham­pi­ons Ross Hickey and De­nis Ho­gan will be there on St Pa­trick’s night, keep­ing a keen eye on pro­ceed­ings, which be­gin at 7.30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is €15.

ABOVE: Box­ers line up at Grange­con Box­ing Club in prepa­ra­tion for the Pad­dys Day Punch Up. INSET: Alan Bren­nan is blood­ied but un­bowed.

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