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Fight night for charity

WITH just days to go, the excitement is building in the run up to the Clare Conquest white collar boxing night. Clare Conquest is an unstoppable animal for the boxers now. As fight night approaches these men and women are growing ever more energized and motivated.
Brian McElhinney from Ennis in training for this year’s Clare Conquest, which takes place in aid of Clare Crusaders. Photograph by Declan MonaghanIn the hall at Gurteen, it is heads down, focussed and furious training. Trimmed, toned, attuned to what’s happening Team Conquest are acting as one now and heading resolutely towards the Queens Venue on November 25.  Fight Night is the vision they are all working towards.
There are stage names, theme music, sponsorship and scheduling to be finalised and everyone is anxious to get it right on the night and the audience is a major stakeholder – family, friends, neighbours, colleagues. Nobody is taken for granted when considering the entertainment value for spectators. Clare Conquest white collar boxing is a fun sporting event. There’s the spectacle of local people we see and work with every day taking on cult status in their parishes. There’s the promise of the round girls, the officials, the corner men, all the pomp and ceremony of a multi-million dollar fight right here in the heart of County Clare. Memories of last year’s event are still sharp it was so impressive.
Many of the boxers are making this effort for the special needs children at Clare Crusaders Clinic. The children benefit from regular therapies in Barefield that add quality of life to sometimes difficult situations. Therapies that make a difference not just to the children but to their families’ lives. Therapies that could not be accessed without support from the local community. Others are supporting the businesses in Ennis Chamber who seek every day to retain the valuable jobs they have so that the community can support its needy.
The chamber says it strives to keep Ennis to the forefront as a destination attractive to tourists and industry and consistently represents the interests of its members’ customers at local and national levels politically. The funds raised at Clare Conquest will be divided on a 65/35% split by Clare Crusaders and Ennis Chamber respectively.
Set out above is the full list of fights by weight division. Everybody in Clare will recognise someone among the 34 champions preparing to do battle.
They’ve done the hard work would appreciate support on November 25. Tickets available at Ennis Chamber; Clare Crusaders and The Queens Hotel.

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