Cashel RFC - ‘Golden Brawl’ a huge success

Cashel piper  Larry Flynn, pping the fighters into the auditorium for the Golden Brawl last week.
What a super night it turned out to be excitement, thrills, endeavour and style.

What a super night it turned out to be excitement, thrills, endeavour and style.

The atmosphere was electric from doors opening to the late night finish. The tented village with its burger/food stalls, bar, seating area and large screen was a welcome retreat from the cauldron that was ringside. The ring itself was set up in Golden Community Centre Sports Hall - with all the hype one could be forgiven for thinking they were in Madison Square Garden or Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas on a big fight night.

The spectators gathered from 7.30pm and at 8pm well known Cashel piper Larry Flynn led the parade their entourages around the arena and into the ring where he piped the Amhráin na bFhiann to signal a start to proceedings. The 18ft square ring had in the words of ring master Cathal O’Grady “nowhere to hide”. After the arrival of the scantily clad lady who signalled the start of each round number the 16 bouts began and great praise must be heaped on the boxers for the way they prepared themselves for the fight and also for the stirring and sometimes bloody contests. There was much leather thrown in each bout and there was much cheering from the floor by the partisan crowd as the boxers set about their business. The hype was heightened by the commentary of Johnny Looby who was a little biased but very humorous in the big screen broadcast.

The contests went on until well after midnight at which time both boxers,patrons and club officials had a well earned re-hydration. A special well done to the corner men and ladies who appeared in all sorts of strange attire which added to the sense of occasion A special well done to Michael Doyle for his waltzing exhibition. Well done and a sincere thanks to our boxers Aidan, Michael,Yvonne David,James, Annie Robbie,Wendy,Sean , Rachel, Brian, Karl,David, Alan,Shannon, and Barry to the organisers from Cashel and Kilfeacle who did a tremendous job in putting the show together, to the stewards from Golden Kilfeacle GAA and especially from Cashel King Cormacs GAA.