Charity dust-up in the Curragh

move over Katie Taylor for Sgt Johno ‘Ding Dong Lights Out’ O’Brien and Cpl Tommy ‘Two Thumps’ Devereux.

move over Katie Taylor for Sgt Johno ‘Ding Dong Lights Out’ O’Brien and Cpl Tommy ‘Two Thumps’ Devereux.

The pair are listed as the main attraction at the Curragh charity boxing tournament in aid of the Lourdes Fund, which will be held in the DFTC Gym at the Curragh Camp on Saturday, October 27 at 6pm.

The Curragh Lourdes Fund was founded in 2010 by a commitee of serving members and ex-members of the Defence Forces and this year will bring kids from St Annes Special Needs School in the Curragh to Lourdes next May.

On the night there will be celebrity judges such as Anthony Rainbow, dancing by the Leah Moran school of Dance, a DJ and food and refreshments.

There will be 12 fights with female and male boxers from the Curragh Amateur boxing club

There will also be an exhibition match by Irish boxing champion Ross Hickey

The commitee organising the initial trip last year included Col John Courtney (retired), Philip Coy, Billy Bohane, Peter Origan, Tom Mullin, Mick Stynes, Fr PJ Summers and Denis Goff. Its initial aim was to bring 13 kids and parents from Enable Ireland to Lourdes on the annual military pilgrimage. “It was an amazing success and life changing experience for everyone involved,” said committee member Billy Bohane

“Because it was such a succes we decided to give it one more go and plan for May 2013, this time bringing kids from St Annes special needs school Curragh and serving members with children with terminal illnesses. Each place cost around E700.”

- Paula Campbell