A boxing match between the Ryan Clan and the rest will be a novel feature of the International Ryan Gathering to be held in Thurles, on August 23rd, 24th and 25th.
“We hope we can stage the boxing exhibition in Liberty Square, Thurles, and we also have plans for a dance spectacular in the town”, said organiser, Jane Ryan.
It is hoped to have Ryans, famous and not so famous, from all over the world at the Gathering and other events include tours to the Rock of Cashel, Farney Castle, Thurles Famine Museum and Holycross Abbey.
Sharon Shannon and the Wolfe Tones will entertain over the weekend.
Other events include a genealogy exhibition, featuring Ryan trees, a photographic event and a “trad trail” of Thurles pubs, which will feature traditional Irish music and storytelling.