The names of the Clara ‘white collar’ boxers have finally been revealed. The boxers, which include a top Offaly football referee as well as well known Clara GAA and soccer players, have been training over the Christmas period for a forthcoming charity event. The event is called ‘Fighting for Ethiopia’ and takes place in Clara on Saturday, January 21.
The boxing event is to raise funds for local businessman and former footballer Noel Kelly’s forthcoming trip to Ethiopia.
On Sunday, January 22 Noel will head to the third world country for 10 days. He will be part of the charity ‘Playing for life’ and will assist with building and educational programmes in Ethiopia. However Noel must raise almost €5000 before he travels.
A number of fights, male and female, will take place at the ‘Fighting for Ethiopia’ event on January 21. The first bout will be at 7.45. Full bar facilities will be available with tickets on sale now costing €10 for both ringside and balcony seats.
Other sponsorship opportunities also exist with ringside, match, boxer and complete event advertising available. Anyone who can help out with sponsorship or with organising the event should contact Noel Kelly at Kelly’s drapery, Church street, Clara.
Meanwhile it’s training as usual this week for the boxers. Included on the list are Louise Gavin, Maria Kelly, Eimear Rickard, Triona Deehan, football referee Damien Brazil, Paddy Tyrrell, Marius Stones, Tom Naughton, Andrew Cushen, Kieran O’Meara, Thomas Flanagan, Alan Cronin, Graham Guilfoyle, Kevin Meehan, Robert McDonagh and Lorcan Hiney.
All have been passed medically fit for the event which takes place under strict Irish amuter boxing association rules.
Tickets for ‘Fighting for Ethiopia’ are selling quickly and are available from Kelly’s shop, Clara. This is the first event of its kind in Clara and is sure to attract a large crowd to the GAA social centre on January 21. MC for the night is All-Ireland hurling referee Brian Gavin.
Noel is also looking for donations of old football jerseys to bring with him on his trip. Jerseys can be dropped in to Kelly’s drapery or sports shop.