’Stephens bring the stars for night of chat and craic

HURLING giants Brian Cody, Ger Loughnane and Tomas Mulcahy plus Jim Bolger, Sean Boylan, Mick Galwey and Irish boxing heroes Darren O’Neill and Billy Walsh will be among the guests at the James Stephens GAA club ‘A Night With The Stars’. Two more surprise guests from the world of sport will also attend.

HURLING giants Brian Cody, Ger Loughnane and Tomas Mulcahy plus Jim Bolger, Sean Boylan, Mick Galwey and Irish boxing heroes Darren O’Neill and Billy Walsh will be among the guests at the James Stephens GAA club ‘A Night With The Stars’. Two more surprise guests from the world of sport will also attend.

The evening will be hosted by RTE’s Des Cahill. The celebration gathers together on the one stage some of Ireland’s finest sports personalities and achieves from the worlds of hurling, boxing, rugby and horse racing for a one off evening of chat, craic and audience interaction.

The spectacular Night with the Stars will be at The Hub, Cillin Hill on Friday, November 16 (7.30pm).

The unique occasion is being put together by Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody, as part of the celebration of the club’s 125 year anniversary and as a fund-raiser for the Kilkenny city clubs ambitious new pitch and facility development programme.

In a year when the Kilkenny seniors stepped ever closer to hurling immortality under the leadership of Brian Cody, the event offers the opportunity to get a unique insight into hurling and sport at the highest level. Brian will be joined on stage for a panel discussion led by Des Cahill and involving former Clare manager, Ger Loughnane, Cork All-Ireland hurler and RTE analyst Tomas Mulcahy.

Special occasion

This trio will be augmented by Sean Boylan, legendary Meath football manager and a twenty year Meath senior hurling veteran. His take on hurling is guaranteed to be very interesting.

The discussion on hurling is only one element of what promises to be a special occasion. That other great Irish sport - horse racing - will also be given pride of place. Jim Bolger is a legend in the world of horse racing and also a passionate hurling man who will bring insights into the Sport of Kings.

Billy Walsh is coach to Ireland’s most successful Olympic boxing team, a great character and a lover of many sports who will bring insight and humour to the discussion. Darren O’Neill is one of Kilkenny’s own, a European boxing champion and team leader who has done his county and country proud.

Kilkenny resident Mick Galwey will bring much to the night, his humour and vast experience as a rugby player and team captain and All-Ireland football medal winner.

Fitting follow up

This year is a special one in the history of the club founded in 1887, according to Tommy Lanigan, club chairman. The year has been made extra special with Eoin Larkin raising the Liam McCarthy Cup, the third Village man to earn the distinction.

“We believe that the ‘Night with the Stars’ will be a fitting follow up to such epic achievements and we are looking forward to a wonderful nights entertainment,” Mr Lanigan added.

Kilkenny people know and appreciate their sport and this evening gives them the opportunity to come and listen to what makes great sports people perform to the highest levels. Tickets cost €25 each and tables of 12 are available for large groups.

The event is sponsored by Connect Ireland, Loughboy Business Park, Kilkenny. The Hub at Cillin Hill will feature full staging and sound, light and visual installation. There will be complimentary finger food and a full bar is available. The event begins at 8pm with doors opening at 7pm.