Kilkenny's sporting heroes set to join others for unique fundraising event

'Hurling for Cancer Research' is a hugely popular event and for a great cause

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Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh and Richie Hogan are among the sports stars involved in the event

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick and TJ Reid are among those planning to line out for a unique fundraising ‘Clash of the Ash’ next week.

Three-time National Hunt Jockey Davy Russell will also have his sights set on victory of a different kind as he limbers up to take to the pitch for Hurling for Cancer Research 2018. The seventh annual event will see Ireland’s top jockeys, GAA stars and footballers line out in St Conleth’s Park on August 14 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The event was launched on Monday at local racehorse trainer Jim Bolger’s yard in Coolcullen. Organised by the legendary trainer together with Davy Russell, the event has raised €700,000 to date to fund the Irish Cancer Society’s cancer research projects since 2012.

Jim Bolger’s stars have come out on top three times, while Davy Russell’s Best have tasted victory just once, with the other two years ending in draws.

Along with some of the Kilkenny hurling royalty are top names in Irish sport including former soccer players Niall Quinn and Stephen Hunt, Cork All Star Anna Geary, Wexford’s Lee Chin and GAA pundits John Mullane, Joe Brolly and Peter Canavan. Jim Bolger’s side will be managed by Liam Griffin, while Brian Cody will be taking Russell’s side to task to secure a second win.

Last year, over 4,500 people flocked to Newbridge for the event, where fans get the chance to meet their sporting idols for photos and autographs. There will also be entertainment on the night from the Garda Band, tenor Anthony Kearns and multi-instrumentalist musician and accordionist extraordinaire Liam O' Connor.

Pre-match entertainment begins at 5.30pm, with the match throwing in at 6pm. Tickets, €10 for adults and €15 for families are currently on sale here or call 1850-606060. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate.