There was blood, sweat and tears in Clondalkin on Friday last when members of Round Tower GAA Club got ready to rumble and took to the ring to raise money for the sporting organisation. Six hundred and fifty people attended and all got their monies worth.
After ten weeks of intensive training with Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Carruth, 36 boxers, male and female, laced up their gloves at the Red Cow Moran Hotel to compete in front of a capacity crowd and take part in the club’s first ever White Collar Boxing Fundraiser.
It was an excellent night’s entertainment and not only was there a series of three-round bouts to get the crowd excited and off their feet, there was also an auction of top class sporting memorabilia. These included signed Dublin GAA, All-Stars and rugby jerseys; boxing gloves signed by Katie Taylor, Kenneth Egan and Michael Carruth; and other sporting goods.
This was a vital fundraiser for a club that fields over 40 teams playing football, hurling, ladies football and camogie. The club caters for those who are from a nursery age group up to senior level.
Speaking after the event, Club Secretary Niall Connaughton says: “All those who took to the ring have trained intensely for the past two months and their dedication and commitment came to fruition on the night. This was a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for those involved and Round Tower GAA Club is extremely grateful to all who took part for the sacrifice and commitments they made. We were greatly encouraged that members and the wider Clondalkin community came out and supported this enjoyable night of top-class entertainment.”
The anticipation surrounding the event had been building among club members and the wider Clondalkin community for a number of weeks, and a series of videos promoting it had added to the excitement. With friends ready to go toe to toe and indeed talk of some grudges being settled, it promised to be a night of excellent action and the crowd was not disappointed.
Some of the videos from the night as well as promotional videos depicting the participants as gladiators and parodying classics such as Rockie can be seen on the roundtowers youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/roundtowerclondalkin