Many is the time they have crossed swords on the hurling fields in the past, but Thurles Sarsfields and Moycarkey Borris are getting ready go on the knuckles on St Patrick’s weekend when they enter the squared cirlce in a bid to raise much needed funds for development.
A unique event will see a Big Top tent erected in Sarsfields Outside Field for the big Saturday night event which is expected to attract a capacity 2000 people. And, with both clubs in the throes of re-development of their respective facilities, this fundraising venture was never more needed.
‘The Battle in the Big Top’ is really capturing the imagination and demand has been very stong for tickets which cost just 20 Euro. Fossetts Circus will erect the Big Top and use their PA and lighting sytems to transform the venue into a real Madison Square Garden like venue with tiered seating ensuring that everyone will have a prime viewing spot no matter where you are seated. There will also be big screens relaying all the action to the bar and sportshall in Sarsfields Clubhouse and there will be free movement between the two for patrons who wish to come and go - bar and food facilities will be available in both.
Sarsfields are currently in the middle of a redevelopment of the clubhouse in a bid to provide for the generations to follow. They have added additional dressingrooms to take account of camogie and ladies football coming under their umbrella, while phase two will see enhancement of the bar area and ancilliaries which have served the club very well down through the years.
Moycarkey Borris too have been very busy in the development of their facilities with the provision of a second pitch, floodlighting and much more. They will continue with their work also and are looking forward to ensuring that they have catered for the young hurlers and footballers of the future - male and female alike.
Ronan Spain, who is heading up the Sarsfields challenge told The Tipperary Star that there is a lot of enthusiam for the event with the boxers working very hard in training. Representing the Blues will be the likes of Gary Loughnane, Trevor Cooke, Jamie Barrett, Tom King, Tommy Doyle, who grandfather and namesake, The Rubber Man, was a renowned boxer, Andrea Loughnane - daughter of Gary, and Amy O’Gorman.
They have been working with Thurles Boxing Club throughDanny Graham and Danny Coppinger to be ready for the bouts while Moycarkey Borris will have the likes of Robert Clancy, Brian O’Dwyer, James Power, the three Eamon’s - Flanagan, Donnelly and Clohessy, Mandy Fennessy, Bernie Bergin, Trisha Ralph and Marie Slattery.
Some of the 18 bouts have already been decided and among them will be the clash of the veterans Gary Loughnane and Eamon Donnelly; while Trevor Cooke vs Brian Dwyer will also be an eagerly awaited encounter - for patrons at least.
“There’s a lot of interest in this because it is so unique. I know a lot of other clubs have done this too but the fact that this is in a Big Top makes it different and special. We will be able to cater for 2000 and there will be a super atmosphere around the place,” John Kelly of Moycarkey Borris said this week.
There are special silver and gold sponsorship deals available for businesses and individuals who would like to advertise on the audio visual screens, or on the boxers jerseys. Details of these packages are available from the organisers and are well worth checking out.
“We have been very happy with the response to the whole event so far and I suppose you try these events and hope that they work out. Certainly, the initial reaction has been very good and we are encouraging people to get their tickets in plenty of time because they are selling very well. They are available from the boxers themselves, from Sarfsields clubhouse, Classic Barber Shop or committee memebrs,” Ronan Spain said.
From the Moycarkey Borris viewpoint, the tickets will also be available from the boxers, committee members and from Bannon’s in Two-Mile-Borris, Clohessy’s in Littleton and O’Keeffe’s shop in the Horse and Jockey.
The uniqueness of the event is creating ferocious rivalry between the clubs - a very healthy rivalry that is - and they are both delighted to be coming together with a joint purpose. However, they are determined that not only will this be a fundraiser, it will also be a fantastic night of entertainment for all who come along - and all for just 20 Euro.
So, make sure you have your ticket secured for what is expected to be a massive bumper event in the Big Top.