Thursday, May 04, 2023

The annual Hurling for Cancer Research event will take place in a new venue for 2023. Hurling For Cancer Research, traditionally held in Newbridge, has made the move to Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow for 2023 due to the planned refurbishment of St Conleth’s Park.

Racehorse trainer Johnny Murtagh with Hurling For Cancer Research founders Jim Bolger and Davy Russell along with legendary footballer Paul McGrath. Hurling For Cancer Research will make the move to Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow for 2023 due to the planned refurbishment of St Conleth’s Park and will take place on Monday 21 August at 6pm

The unique hurling match will take place on Monday 21 August at 6pm and promises to be the biggest game yet.  The event, organised annually by leading trainer Jim Bolger and former champion jockey Davy Russell, allows sports fans to rub shoulders with household names from the world of horse racing, GAA, soccer and boxing along with a host of celebrities. A firm favourite in the calendar of hurling fanatics across the country, Hurling for Cancer Research has raised over €1.3 million to date providing, funds provide hope for cancer patients by funding life changing research, which improves outcomes for cancer patients and increases the amount cancer trials taking place in Ireland.   Claire Kilty, Acting Head of Research for the Irish Cancer Society, said: “The Irish Cancer Society is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland and we are committed to improving the lives of people affected by cancer in Ireland through world class cancer research. The generous donations raised through Hurling For Cancer Research supports us to fund over 100 cancer researchers all across the country. Thanks to research advances in areas such as early detection, clinical trials and cancer survivorship, people with cancer are living for longer, and survival rates are continuing to improve, bringing us closer to a future where nobody in Ireland dies from this disease.” Chairperson of Carlow GAA Jim Bolger, commented: “On behalf of Carlow GAA, I would like to welcome Hurling For Cancer Research to Netwatch Cullen Park. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the great track record this initiative has had to date and we are honoured to facilitate this special hurling match, which I am sure will be a great occasion for this very worthwhile cause.” Racehorse Trainer and Hurling For Cancer Research founder, Jim Bolger, said: “We are most grateful to the Carlow County Board for stepping up at short notice to provide a fitting replacement for St Conleth’s Park. The Hurling For Cancer Research team are excited to work with Jim Bolger and his fellow board members to bring a new audience to Netwatch Cullen Park this August. With two Jim Bolgers involved, a bumper evening is guaranteed! I would like to wish St Conelth’s Park all the best on their refurbishment project.” To purchase your individual (€10) or family (€15) ticket online or to make a donation direct to Hurling for Cancer Research and help support a great cause, please visit All funds from the sale of tickets and donations will go directly towards funding vital cancer research, bringing us closer to a future free from cancer.

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