€160,000 was raised during Hurling for Cancer Research 2017, which took place at St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge.
The celebrity match was organised by legendary racehorse trainer Jim Bolger and Gold Cup winner and two-time National Hunt Champion jockey Davy Russell.
The 2017 event brings to €700,000 the funds raised for the Irish Cancer Society.
Among those lining out were: GAA greats Lee Chin, TJ Reid, JJ Delaney, Tommy Walsh, Martin Storey, Joe Deane, Ollie Canning, Peter Canavan, Ursula Jacob and Mags D’Arcy, champion trainer Willie Mullins and leading owner Rich Ricci, leading rider Katie Walsh, champion amateur jockey Jamie Codd, Mikey Fogarty and Shane Foley.
Victory on the night went to Jim Bolger’s Star’s managed by Liam Griffin and ably assisted by Wexford boss, Davy Fitzgerald.
They beat Davy Russell’s Best, managed by Kilkenny’s Brian Cody and Kevin Manning by 7-21 to 8-13.
Hurling for Cancer Research organiser, Jim Bolger said, “We enjoyed a phenomenal game of hurling this year with the largest attendance and the highest scoring game since its inception. However, the biggest victory of all is raising so much money to support the Irish Cancer Society’s cancer research. Cancer is a disease that has unfortunately touched almost every family in Ireland. One way we can fight back against this disease is through cancer research, and by discovering new and better ways to diagnose and treat cancer. It’s heartening to see so many sporting legends take to the pitch and show their support for the work of the Irish Cancer Society.”