The double act you didn't know you needed Colm O'Rourke and Ciaran Kilkenny tee up Hurling for Cancer match
All roads lead to Netwatch Cullen Park next Monday night.
Some of Ireland's biggest and most successful sports-stars are taking the time out of their day next Monday to Hurl for Cancer in Carlow.
A brainchild of horse-racing legends Davy Russell and Jim Bolger, Hurling for Cancer research is an initiative that got off the ground in 2012 that, thanks to the generosity and support of horse-racing and GAA stars all over Ireland, has been a rip-roaring success.
Every year, thousands flock to watch the exhibition game that pits Jim Bolger's stars against Davy Russell's best.
It's ten years on now and what you have at this stage is a huge occasion and a widely supported event that has raised €1.3 Million for the Irish Cancer Society since its inception.
The line-ups are as follows for this year's event, with a who's who of GAA, racing, sports and TV stars such as David and Paudie Clifford, Rachael Blackmore, Ursula Jacob, Paul McGrath, Miriam O’Callaghan, Michael Duignan, Kevin Manning, Willie McCreery, Barry Geraghty, Marty Morrissey and Joanne O’Riordan in line to be lending a hand as selectors, commentators, side-line officials, umpires and maor uisce.
Colm O'Rourke will be an umpire for the game, as he has been for the last few years, and the Meath legend teed up the game alongside Ciaran Kilkenny and horse trainer Jim Bolger.
"I'd love to have a stick and beat a few Dubs" says Colm O'Rourke to Ciaran Kilkenny ahead of this Monday's Hurling For Cancer 😆🏑pic.twitter.com/ft8doG1zdw
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"Well I'd love to have a stick and beat a few Dubs," said the Meath manager, "but I think we're supposed to be playing hurling so we'll leave that to the Kilkenny, Limerick and Clare exponents of the game."
"I could go in full back now and get a few skelps on Colm O'Rourke if he was playing full forward," replied Ciaran Kilkenny.
"But no, you're getting to see some of Ireland's best sports stars playing hurling for such a good cause which is Hurling for Cancer. So make sure you get your tickets and you might see me giving Colm a few skelps."