TWO well-known GAA figures will be hoping to outsmart each other this Sunday night when they lead two Limerick colleges into battle on the hurling pitch.
Hurling analyst Cyril Farrell from Galway and former Limerick hurling captain Gary Kirby will lead LIT and UL in a fresher’s game under lights this Sunday night at 7pm.
“Any time UL and LIT would play they would generate good interest,” explained Eddie O’Sullivan, GAA games development officer at LIT.
“You would have people coming from the same club playing with different colleges and people who hurled in the Harty last year are playing against each other as well,” he added.
Well-known hurling stars taking to the pitch include Clare senior hurler Tony Kelly, Paul Killeen from Galway, Limerick’s Barry O’Connell – all LIT students - and Tipperary’s Jason Forde – a student of UL.
The game which will have no entry fee, is the curtain raiser to a white collar boxing fight which takes place next Thursday, November 22 in the UL Arena.
A group of GAA players from UL and LIT will go pound for pound in an event that promises to pack a punch in a bid to raise money for their respective GAA clubs.
After six weeks of intensive training, the group of brave girls and guys will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime when they climb into a boxing ring for the first time in a competitive competition to see which college comes out on top.
It is anticipated that there will be in the region of 10 fights on the night each consisting of three rounds lasting a minute and a half each.
“It’s great that we have the chance to work together on something like this. We really only see each other on the side-line,” said Eddie of the event.
The training programme is currently up and running with all students training together both at LIT and UL.
“The first three weeks of training are in UL and the next three weeks will be here in LIT, “ explained Patsy Morrissey, GAA games development officer at UL.
According to Patsy who is from Newtownshandrum, the whole idea of the boxing event is that “you start from scratch”. “It’s a fundraiser - it’s not a war,” he smiled.
White Collar Boxing will run the event.