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Rivals set for 'Clash of Ash'

THE Craobh and the Larriers are climbing into the ring. It's been billed as 'The Clash of the Ash'. It's sure to be a box-office smash.

The gala White Collar Boxing Night takes place at the Wright Venue, Airside Arena, Swords on Saturday, May 25. It's a joint O'Toole's-Chiaráin's fundraiser, and the event will also honour the memory of the talented sportsman Warren O'Connor.

The two famous clubs will box off for the Warren O'Connor Memorial trophy. Warren played for both clubs.

Chiaráin's and O'Toole's are only a puck of the sliotar away from each other on the Malahide Road.

The Fight Night was launched in O'Toole's last Friday. There was karaoke and curry.

But that's the last of the curry for the boxers who will be pounding the pavements of north Dublin before the weigh-in.

"It's going to be a super night," declares O'Toole's chairman, Andy Cunningham. "It's a great privilege for both clubs to come together and honour Warren O'Connor.

"As everybody knows, ourselves and Chiaráin's have built up a marvellous rivalry down through the years.

"Both clubs give it everything out on the pitch, but once that final whistle blows we are friends again.

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"The two clubs have formed a lasting friendship, and this joint venture will strengthen it even more. We have always been the best of neighbours ... off the pitch that is!"

One of the famous duels involving the clubs was the 2002 Dublin Senior Hurling Championship final. The gloves came off that day. Indeed, on both days as it went to a replay. Two cracking games in Parnell Park, but the Larriers edged it in the end.

"Both clubs are steeped in tradition," remarks Craobh chairman, Aidan O'Toole. "And we are thrilled that we are on board with our O'Toole's colleagues to stage this promotion.

"It's fitting that we are both remembering Warren O'Connor. He was a great sportsman and gentleman. A player who wore the jerseys of both clubs with distinction.

"He played a huge part in Dermot Ryan's Dream Team contesting an All-Ireland Féile final. So remembering Warren in this way will certainly add to the importance of the night.

"Our wish now is that everybody gets behind the efforts of the two clubs in supporting the venture. We want to make it a huge success, and I'm sure it will be."

All along the Malahide Road, the Rocky music can be heard. And there's a few Ali shuffles to be seen. It's all about The Rumble at the Airside.

• For tickets, contact Helen on 086-3060524, Mary on 087-6374619 or Graham 086-3531207.


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