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Tuesday 30 September 2014

'Battle of Balbriggan' ready to rumble

Published 23/10/2012 | 15:08

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Luke Moriarty, who launched the Battle of Balbriggan.

MEMBERS OF two popular sportings clubs are set to meet head on for what is being called the Battle of Balbriggan! The white collar boxing event featuring representatives of Balbriggan RFC and O'Dwyer's GAA Club, sponsored by SuperValu Balbriggan and the Bracken Court Hotel, takes place in the Wright Venue in Swords on Friday, November 2, with doors opening at 7pm on Friday evening.

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Players from both clubs are ditching the pitch, and leaving the boots behind, to battle it out in the boxing ring for the first time. The popular new fundraising initiative, organised by the White Collar Boxing organisation, has over 40 sporting Balbriggan players undertaking an intensive six-week training programme in the Bracken Boxing Club, to give them the professional edge they need to compete in the Wright Venue boxing ring. Balbriggan Rugby and O'Dwyers GAA are aiming to raise up to €20,000 each, providing vital funds for the two clubs, particularly in the areas of modernising Junior Club facilities, and providing new juvenile equipment and jerseys.

Luke Moriarty, a sponsor of both clubs individually, has committed €5,000 to support the new fundraising initiative, and also hosted the Battle of Balbriggan competition launch in the Bracken Court Hotel last month. Expressing thanks to the Moriarty Group for their on-going support of Balbriggan's sporting groups, Paul Nixon of the Battle of Balbriggan organising committee said that getting behind the development of the clubs' youth sections is key to developing the sport.

'We need to enhance the sporting facilities we have for our young people, to keep them involved with sport and with the local clubs, in particular. We're hoping lots of people will turn out on November 2nd to cheer the lads on, and support the fundraising,' Paul Nixon says. Tickets for the exciting live sporting event are priced from €20, and are available in SuperValu Balbriggan and in the Bracken Court Hotel. They can also be purchased by contacting the clubs' representatives, Paul Nixon on 085 1173361 or Ian Lawless on 086 8253500.

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