Charity boxers’ pain is hospital’s gain

There were a few bloody noses as grown men boxed each other in Kyteler’s on Saturday night – but it was all for a good cause and a laugh.

A “celebrity” charity boxing night saw some well-known names get into the ring to raise money for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

The first bout saw Cllr Malcolm Noonan take on Fergal Miller, followed by organiser Richie Conlon versus US President Barack Obama’s cousin Henry Healy. Billy Walsh sparred with Aidan Fitzpatrick, Paddy Mullins took on Stephen Kelly, and Mayor David Fitzgerald served as referee for a bout between identical twins Fergus and David Heffernan. Cllr Joe Malone then took on Dr Brendan Lee.

Members of the Kilkenny Boxing Academy also fought three bouts, with George Candler serving as MC and Brian Goldie Bourke and Tommy Quinn as referees.

A medical crew was on hand to handle any emergencies, but thankfully their services were not required, Mr Conlon said.

“There were no broken bones, although there were a few bloody noses,” he reported afterwards.

“I got my own nose bloodied – that’s all part of it,” he laughed.

Overall he said he was impressed with the quality of boxing on display, as the participants had trained for three weeks at the Kilkenny Boxing Academy, where they learned skills in how to punch and – importantly – how to block a punch.

“Some were even going in at 7.30 in the morning,” he said of their dedication to the cause.

The proceeds were still being counted at the time of going to press, but Mr Conlon said the night was sure to have raised a helpful sum for the hospital. “People have been very generous,” he said.