Boxers who took part \'Battle of the Blue Lights\' fight night in Jackson\'s Hotel, Ballybofey on Saturday night INDP 0505 Blue Lights Fight Night TG4

Blue Lights Fight Night

The ‘Blue Lights Fight Night’ fundraiser took place in May and was a great success. The event was held in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Our sincere thanks to Declan Meehan and everyone involved in organising this fantastic fundraiser. Everyone’s commitment and teamwork really paid off and just over €6,000 was raised on the night, which is amazing. We were delighted to be chosen as one of the charities to benefit from this event along with the MS Society of Ireland and the Little Angels School for children with special needs in Letterkenny. Without a doubt, the real stars on the night were the fighters themselves, 16 men and 4 women, who were brave enough to step into the ring all in the name of a good cause. The fighters consisted of 2 firefighters from Ballybofey, 3 ambulance crew from Donegal and 15 Gardaí based in Donegal. While this brave bunch were out serving the public by day they were training by night – our heroes! None of the fighters had ever boxed before, but they were truly committed and spent ten weeks training in Blue Stack Boxing Club in Ballybofey leading up to the event, that is true dedication. Boxing is not for the faint-hearted. Our thanks to the men and women who fought on the night, it was no mean feat. Thank you to everyone involved for their great efforts to make this such a successful fundraiser. By all accounts, a great night was had by all and a staggering four hundred people attended to give their support, which was fantastic. The MC on the night, Paddy McMenamin from the Conal Gallen Show kept the evening flowing from the ten bouts of boxing to the raffle that took place later in the evening. There were some great prizes to be won including a hotel voucher for a weekend in Clanree, a signed Everton jersey donated by Seamus Colman and a signed Ireland jersey donated the FAI. Then to round the night off, DJ Michael ‘Mitty’ Kilcoyne played into the wee small hours of the morning. Well done, everyone!