07 Dec 2021

Kildare Senior Footballers get ready to rumble for Saturday's fight night

Fundraiser at Time Bar + Venue in Naas

Kildare Senior Footballers get ready to rumble for Saturday's fight night

Paul Cribbin of Johnstownbridge will take on Fionn Dowling of Suncroft in the first fight. Photo: Kildare GAA/Facebook

With only days remaining to the Christmas Event of the Year, the Kildare Senior Football Fight Night, training is being tapered down and tensions are running high, as the match-ups have been finalised and everyone knows who they will be facing when they step into the ring next Saturday Night, December 10, in Time Bar + Venue, Naas at 7.30pm.

This Ring Wars Event promises to be a high octane, adrenalin-fuelled night of ‘friendly warfare’ and ‘unapologetic focused aggression’ as Senior Footballers from a variety of clubs across the county will battle it out to be ‘King of the Ring’ in their individual duels.

In addition to the Men’s Senior Football Team, three members of the victorious All Ireland winning Kildare Ladies Football Team (Rachel Reidy, Tara Hallinan and Mary Hulgraine) have been training with the men for the last 9 weeks with two selected to compete in this Fight Night Event to add to a spectacular feast of strength, endurance, power, speed, agility and fearlessness in the ring.

Under the expert instruction of Ryston Boxing Club Coaches Tom McDermott, Luke Connors, Dave Molloy and Eric McDonnell, this group of Kildare Footballers have been taken out of their comfort zone and are facing their biggest fears in an unfamiliar battleground, the Boxing Ring.

With the generous support of Elvery’s Sports, each player has been supplied with their own individual boxing kit, no doubt some will be using this to great effect with secret training sessions away from the group workouts.

This event will be a vital fundraiser for the Kildare Senior Football Team and speaking last weekend, seven days out from the event, manager Cian O’Neill said “this has been a great experience for all the players and we in the Management are extremely proud of everyone involved, including Rachel, Tara and Mary, who have put in a savage effort over the course of the last 9 weeks."

As official Hotel Partners to the Senior Footballers, and generous Co-Sponsors of this event, the Osprey Hotel and Time Bar + Venue will be offering two bespoke packages for groups attending the night. The first option is a Pre-Event Dinner Package in the recently redesigned Brasserie Restaurant; the 2nd option is ideal for Christmas Parties and large groups. For further enquiries regarding these offers, contact the Osprey Hotel Events Department at

Tickets for the event are €20 and available to buy from players, management and backroom members of the Senior Football Team.

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