White collar punch-up is a big hit

MARISA REIDY mreidy@kerryman.ie

Published 18/04/2012 | 14:28

Paddy Lenihan getting advice from cornerman, Martin Murphy at the Mountcollins GAA Club white collar boxing fundraiser in Abbeyfeale on Saturday night. Credit: Photo by John Reidy

A PUNCH-UP on a football field is nothing unusual; when rival players get into the ring for a boxing match though it's a whole other matter. That's exactly what happened at the weekend at a 'white collar' boxing contest, organised to raise funds for Mouncollins GAA Club.

Abbeyfeale Sports Complex was the venue for Saturday night's boxing event, which featured nine amateur fights between some of the area's GAA players, as well as an exhibition match between All Ireland champions Anthony Walsh from Castleisland and Willie Burns from Duagh.

Even some local ladies got in on the action in what was one of the most eagerly watched matches of Saturday night's line up. In one of the best contests of the night, Bridget Cahill and Lisa Hartnett thrilled the audience with their display and finished level at the final bell.

Mountcollins GAA chairman, Eric Lacey, told The Kerryman that the club was absolutely thrilled with the success of the event.

"It was a fabulous success with over 600 people showing up to support it," he said. "We decided to do something different this time to raise funds for the club. We are always selling tickets and asking for money so we wanted to give something back this time and put on a show for them."

Mr Lacey paid tribute to all the participants who made the event such a success, and in particular Knocknagoshel's Jerh Long who coached the boxers for the past two months.

"The boxers really got into it and were training hard to prepare for it and we are extremely grateful to them and their coach Jerh for their commitment," he said. "We'd also like to thank Abbeyfeale GAA for use of their facilities and everyone else who helped in any way. The feedback we received from the public was great and we'd certainly hope to do something like this again."

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