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About The Croker Clash - Charity Fight Night
Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin will make a return to the boxing ring on Friday, 12 October at The Croker Clash Charity Fight Night in aid of the suicide crisis centre Pieta House. The Croker Clash, which will take place at 7.30pm in the Hogan Suite of Croke Park, will see Nevin take to the ring alongside the Pink Panther, Jim Rock, and Paul Dunne. The night will also see brave beginners get into the ring for the first time after only a few weeks of training.
The event, which is in its third year, is organised annually by Mountjoy prison officers Helen Feeney and Paul Dunne who are both stalwarts of the Irish boxing scene. Their past events have attracted crowds of up to 500 people and they are aiming to sell 1,000 tickets for The Croker Clash.
“Following the success of our Olympians this year we decided to go all out and hold the charity fight night in Croke Park,” said Helen Feeney, event organiser. “Boxing is one of the most high-profile sports in Ireland at the moment so we hope that this event will be a massive success, raising lots of much-needed funds for Pieta House. Seeing Joan Freeman win her People of the Year Award last year showed me how one person can change the lives of so many. I hope that The Croker Clash will help make a difference and I’d urge everyone to come on down, see a host of famous faces and experience Croke Park in all its glory,” she said.
Well-known names who have already confirmed their attendance on the night include Jimmy Magee, Michael Carruth and Stephen and Alan Reynolds. A pair of boxing shorts signed by Ireland’s six Olympic qualifiers will also be up for grabs, with a raffle and auction taking place ringside.
Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster at €20 for general admission and €30 for ringside seats. All funds raised will go to Pieta House.
About Pieta House
Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, officially opened its doors in Lucan, Co. Dublin in January 2006. The unique clinically-based model developed by Pieta House is used across the five centres in Dublin and Limerick. There are also active discussions in progress to open centres in Galway, Cork, Waterford and Roscrea.
Pieta House provides a professional, face to face, free-of-charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress. Its primary aim is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea.
Since 2006, Pieta House has grown to almost 80 therapists and staff. Demand for their services is constantly on the rise. To date over 6,000 people have been seen and helped by Pieta House.
Pieta House’s vision is that no-one in Ireland should be more than 100 kilometres from a Pieta House centre where they can avail of the clinical services at that time of crisis.