Jim Bolger to hurl with GAA and horse-racing stars

KILKENNY racehorse trainer Jim Bolger is to lace up his boots and wield a hurl for cancer research.

KILKENNY racehorse trainer Jim Bolger is to lace up his boots and wield a hurl for cancer research.

The famed Coolcullen trainer will take to the pitch in a charity hurling match next week in St Conleth’s Park in Kildare. He is part of a team of well-known faces, including DJ Carey, Charlie Carter and Brian Cody, taking part in the match to raise money for cancer research.

The participants, a mix of GAA and horse-racing stars, include former All-Ireland winners Mark Landers, TJ Ryan, Pat Fox, Joe Deane, Dave Bernie, Kieran Purcell, Damien Fitzhenry and Charlie Carter, all active in Racing; All-Ireland minor winner James Dowling who captains team JSB; hurling legend DJ Carey; Wexford All-Ireland winning manager Liam Griffin; Aidan O’Brien; Kilkenny manager Brian Cody; Derby-winning Jockey Kevin Manning; Colm O’Rourke; Gráinne Seoige; Micheal O’Leary; Ronnie Delaney; Sile Seoige; Irish Sports Woman of the year, top lady jockey Katie Walsh; Niall Quinn; Nicky English. Cork legend Jimmy Barry Murphy is referee for the day.

The event takes place on Tuesday, August 14 at 6pm in Kildare.

It has been organised by horseracing legend Jim Bolger and champion jockey Davy Russell, who are responsible for bringing this group together. It promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Entertainment on the day will include the Artane Band and Internationally renowned tenor Anthony Kearns.

The Irish Cancer Society isIreland’s national cancer charity and the largest funder of cancer research inIreland. In 2011, the society invested €3.1 million in cancer research, this funding is in addition to the €26.3 million the society has contributed to cancer research since 1963.

Cancer rates are expected to rise over the next eight years and it is estimated that by 2020, 40,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Ireland each year. The Irish Cancer Society is reliant on donations from the public to continue to invest in research and provide information and support services to people with or affected by cancer.

To book your ticket, order online on www.cancer.ie or CallSave 1850-606060. Tickets are €10 for adults and €15 for families. For further information on the Irish Cancer Society’s Research Programme visit www.cancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society on Call Save 1850-606060.