Star-studded teams announced for Hurling for Cancer Research 2023

GAA stars Kyle Hayes, Morrisey brothers, Cian Lynch, TJ Reid, Eoin Cody, Eoin Murphy, Lee Chin, Con O'Callaghan, Michael Fitzsimons and many more

by Gazette Reporter
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Jim Bolger and Davy Russell have announced their star-studded teams for Hurling for Cancer Research which takes place in Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow on Monday, 21 August. Throw-in is at 6pm.

A galaxy of sports stars including some of Ireland’s top hurlers and jockeys have been confirmed for the must-see battle between the two teams with Wexford and Kilkenny legends Liam Griffin and Brian Cody acting as Bainisteoirs.

A who’s who of GAA, racing, sports and TV stars such as David and Paudie Clifford, Rachael Blackmore, Ursula Jacob, Paul McGrath, Miriam O’Callaghan, Michael Duignan, Kevin Manning, Willie McCreery, Barry Geraghty, Marty Morrissey and Joanne O’Riordan are among those set to lend a hand as selectors, commentators, side-line officials, umpires and maor uisce.

Jim Bolger’s Stars  Davy Russell’s Best
Bainisteoir: Liam Griffin      TJ Reid – Captain Eoin Murphy Richie Reid Dan Morrissey Jackie Tyrrell Shane Reck Kyle Hayes Damien Reck Cian Lynch Conor Fogarty Adrian Mullen Tom Morrissey Noel McGrath Dessie Hutchinson Eoin Cody   SUBS BENCH Richie Hogan James Dowling Michael Fennelly Larry O’Gorman Eoin O’Hehir Damien Fitzhenry Brian Carroll Martin Storey JJ Delaney Ollie Canning Pádraig Walsh Katie Nolan   SELECTORS Jim Bolger Dave Bernie Jimmy Barry Murphy Ursula JacobBainisteoir: Brian Cody      Willie Dunphy – Captain Brendan Cummins Davy Fitzgerald (Clare hurler) Peter Duggan Tony Kelly Jamie Codd Conor Whelan Patrick Horgan Mikey Fogarty Cian Boland Lee Chin Con O’Callaghan Michael Fitzsimons James Doyle Stephen Hunt   SUBS BENCH Mark Enright Aileen Cummins John Mullane Sean Carroll Sean Flanagan Johnny Fogarty Chris Nolan Paul Scott John Cullen Marty Kavanagh Ian McCarthy Richie Condon   SELECTORS Dave Russell Shane Foley Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett Barry Geraghty

Hurling for Cancer Research founder, Jim Bolger, said: “Hurling for Cancer Research taking place after the hurling championship has definitely worked in our favour in terms of the talented hurlers taking part including some of this year’s All-Ireland winners from Limerick and gallant runners-up from Kilkenny. I can’t wait for throw-in at 6pm on Monday, 21 August. It’s going to be a fiercely competitive game.”

Aintree Grand National winning jockey, Davy Russell, said: “We’ve had a great summer of hurling but it’s now time to concentrate on the biggest game of the year – Hurling for Cancer Research. We have an unbelievable line-up of players not to mention our celebrity umpires, commentators, and sideline officials. It is a brilliant evening out for all the family for a very worthy cause, so I hope to see a huge crowd in Netwatch Cullen Park on Monday, 21 August.”

Netwatch Cullen Park, Co Carlow 3/7/2023 Hurling for Cancer 2023 Jim Bolger and Davy Russell Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Irish Cancer Society CEO, Averil Power, said: “We say it year in, year out, but the talent that has been assembled for this year’s Hurling for Cancer Research match is amazing—the best year yet. Everywhere you look there are All-Ireland winners in both hurling and football as well as a host of celebrities who will be shouting encouragement and support from the sidelines. It promises to be a fantastic evening and I’m sure GAA fans and the horseracing family across Ireland are as excited as we are.

Since the first Hurling for Cancer Research match way back in 2011, over €1.3 million has generously been raised going directly towards our vital cancer research work. We are enormously grateful for this ongoing support and look forward to seeing a great crowd at Netwatch Cullen Park next Monday evening.”

Gates open at 4:30pm with pre-match entertainment and refreshments before throw-in at 6pm. 

Tickets costing €10 for adults and €15 for families are currently on sale at Tickets will also be on sale at the gate on the night.

There is ample free car parking at Netwatch Cullen Park.

Photo Caption: Star-studded teams have been announced today for Hurling for Cancer Research 2023. The annual hurling match between a host of GAA, racing and sports starts takes place in Netwatch Cullen Park, Monday, 21 August in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Gates open at 4:30pm, throw-in at 6pm.

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