Boxing fans in Mayo are in for a real treat when An Garda Síochána Boxing Club takes on the New York Police Department Boxing team in a tournament in the Welcome Inn Hotel Castlebar on Saturday, 5th October.
The exciting sporting event is all part of The Gathering celebrations that will see An Garda Síochána Boxing Club play hosts to the New York Police Department Boxing team when they visit Ireland between the 4th and 7th October.
The Garda team have been travelling to New York since 1986. Last year, the Garda team hosted the NYPD for the first time ever.
That memorable occasion took place in front of 1,200 spectators in the Wright Venue, Swords, Co. Dublin. The New York guests were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome they received.
The Garda team organisers are hoping to surpass it this year in Castlebar when the NYPD Boxing team make theire first ever visit to the West of Ireland.
The 15 person NYPD Group are travelling this year as part of the “Gathering Celebrations.”
During the evening there will be an open raffle for high value sporting goods.
All proceeds of this auction will go towards the Jack and Jill Foundation and add to the €150,000 raised by the Garda Boxing club in the past three years through the “Kops4kidz,” “Fighting for Ronan” and other local events.
This latest Garda Boxing Club promotion is certain to garner considerable interest in media, boxing public and the America/Ireland business, political, social and sporting circles.
Pictured above: Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, pictured with Sergeant Danny Tango, NYPD, and Garda David Clarke, Mayo GAA Goalkeeper, at the launch of the Garda v NYPD Boxing Tournament Gathering at Castlebar Garda Station, Co. Mayo. Photo: Keith Heneghan / Phocus