The Brawl in the Hall
From the Derrygonnelly Harps website:
Derrygonnelly Harps Present ‘The Brawl in the Hall’ Sponsored by Diamond Cabs
The seconds are out and it is almost time for the bell to ring as the brave souls from Derrygonnelly Harps and other clubs throughout Fermanagh submit themselves to the terror of ‘The Brawl in the Hall’ for the entertainment of the masses in the confines of the boxing ring with neither a red nor a yellow card to be seen.
In a major fundraiser for Derrygonnelly Harps, 22 boxers from Derrygonnelly, Derrylin, Kinawley, Coa, Devenish and Tempo will dump the GAA jersey and put on a pair of boxing gloves and a badly needed head guard to have a go at amateur boxing. It all takes place this Saturday in Derrygonnelly Community Centre with the help of Derrylin Boxing club mentors Sean Crowley and Aidan Kelly who have given all the boxers full training and expert advice before sending them into the ring to do battle.
Bouts have been confirmed and some really are mouth watering:
Devenish’s ‘Gentleman’ John O’Flanagan squares up with Derrygonnelly’s ‘Desperate’ Daniel Maguire
Another derby match will be in store when Kinawley’s Darren ‘The Scrapper’ Owens competes with Derrylin’s Patrick ‘The Machine’ Gunn for bragging rights
Coa and Fermanagh star Eoin ‘The Liberator’ Donnelly is up against Conall ‘The Pony Express’ Jones
Kinawley star Matthew ‘Big Bang’ Drumm facing the wrath of John ‘Big Bad’ Murphy
While Derrygonnelly team mates and best friends Eugene ‘The Quiet Assassin’ McManus squares up to Stephen ‘The Even Quieter Assassin’ McGullion
And Tempo and Fermanagh player Aidan ‘Lights Out’ Breen will have to be at his best as he faces Chris ‘Pretty Boy’ Brennan.
There is plenty more fights and organiser of the event is Derrygonnelly Harps man Francis McKenna who promises “a great night out” for everyone who attends.
“I was at last year’s Brewster Brawl and it really was an excellent night. That then gave us the idea and so far the training has been very intense for all the boxers but it is a chance of a lifetime for them all and they are really looking forward to it.”
Here is the Fight Night lineup.
JAMES ‘MERCILESS’ MCGRAIL v JOE ‘G-STAR’ GANNON
DARREN ‘THE SCRAPPER’ OWENS v PADDY ‘THE MACHINE’ GUNN
AIDAN ‘LIGHTS OUT’ BREEN v CHRIS ‘PRETTY BOY’ BRENNAN
EUGENE ‘THE QUIET ASSASSIN’ MCMANUS v STEPHEN ‘THE EVEN QUIETER ASSASSIN’ MCGULLION
RYAN ‘THE CHEST’ MURPHY v CHRIS ‘CUDDLER’ FERGUSON
RYAN ‘THE EDUCATOR’ FARRELL v JACK ‘THE MAULER’ HARTE
RU ‘SUGAR RU’ LEONARD v MICKEY ‘THE FINISHER’ JONES
EAMON ‘THE BREAKER’ MCHUGH v PAUL ‘PITBULL’ FLYNN
OWEN ‘THE LIBERATOR’ DONNELLY v CONALL ‘THE PONY EXPRESS’ JONES
MATTHEW ‘BIG BANG’ DRUMM v JOHN ‘BIG BAD’ MURPHY
‘DESPERATE’ DANIEL MAGUIRE v ‘GENTLEMAN’ JOHN O’FLANAGAN
All of the participating boxers should be congratulated for even taking on the training never mind actually stepping into a boxing ring in front of hundreds of people. The 11 bouts will take place this Saturday night with doors opening at 7.00pm and the first bout at 8.00pm.
Tickets for the night are £10 and can be purchased by contacting Francis McKenna on 07766 141886, while further info on ‘Brawl in the Hall’ can be found by contacting Derrygonnelly Harps on Facebook or Twitter.