Not since the heyday of the showbands has there been such a buzz in Halla na Feile (which was known as the County and Tippland Ballroom in those days) as when sports fans, supporters and revellers flocked to the town centre hall, for the outstanding charity evening - Brawl in the Hall.
On Sunday night over eight hundred patrons packed into the popular venue to witness the town’s first taste of white collar boxing - the country’s latest fundraising craze which is proving to be extremely popular.
The night was organised to raise funds for the local rugby and GAA clubs, and pitted the members of both clubs against each other in the boxing ring - the men and the ladies!
The event certainly drew the attention of the ladies, as spectators, who appeared to outnumber the men on the night. This was a glitzy, razz-ma-tazz night with multi coloured flashing lights, loud music, smoke effects, stuffy atmosphere and of course boxing with all the hype one associates with the professional side of the sport.
Right from the off to the strains of Richard Strauss’s ‘Also Sprack Zarathustra’ ( 2001 Space Odyssey) the scene was set for a night that was going to be memorable and it didn’t disappoint.
The six week training period that the members of Cashel RFC and Cashel King Cormac’s GAA Club had undertaken seems to have been beneficial as all the boxers acquitted themselves well on the night, even though to many it was a new sport to take part in.
All the bouts had that necessary little edge (some a little extra) and each pugilist was out to win with bragging rights for years to come being up for grabs.
All in all this was a most enjoyable, entertaining and memorable night. Everything went off like clockwork, the organiser can be proud of their efforts and according to informed sources the financial rewards for the participating clubs Cashel King Cormac’s and Cashel RFC are up to expectations.
See out photographs from the event on page 15 (right).