Local celebrities to go toe-to-toe for charity

A VARIETY of well-known local faces will enter the ring and go toe-to-toe in Kilkenny’s first ever charity boxing night at Kytler’s Inn this Saturday.

A VARIETY of well-known local faces will enter the ring and go toe-to-toe in Kilkenny’s first ever charity boxing night at Kytler’s Inn this Saturday.

Mayor David Fitzgerald will be the man in the middle for at least one of the contests, while his council colleagues - Cllr Joe Malone and former mayor Cllr Malcolm Noonan will take to the ring to unleash their fists of fury.

In the Battle of the Brothers, local identical twins David and Fergus Heffernan will square off against one another, while US President Barack Obama’s Irish cousin Henry Healy, who spent St Patrick’s Day as a guest of honour in the White House, will also moonlight as a pugilist for the evening.

The event is to raise funds for a very good cause - the Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The weigh-in will take place on Saturday evening prior to the bouts, at which point each of the competitors will find out who their opponent will be for the evening.

“Training is going well,” said Fianna Fail councillor Joe Malone on Monday.

“I’m looking forward to getting in there on Saturday.”

Kilkenny Boxing Academy will also throw their hat into the ring on the night. The local club has organised three of its own fights, making for nine different events in total. There will also be spot prizes and finger food on the night.

Event organiser Richie Condron from Kyteler’s Inn said the Temple Street Hospital is a cause he has wanted to support for some time. He said the idea of a boxing charity event was perfect because it had never been done before in Kilkenny.

“It’s all in aid of a very good cause, and it will be a really fun night,” he said.

“The feedback has been brilliant, and the lads are training very hard. Local businesses have also been showing their generosity with donations and spot prizes.”

The event gets underway at 8pm in Kyteler’s Inn on Kieran Street. Tickets are available from Kyteler’s priced at €25, and while some may be available on the night, pre-purchase is recommended as they are selling fast.