Hurling for Cancer Research Goes Virtual

Hurling For Cancer Research, the annual charity hurling match between a host of racing, GAA, sports stars and TV personalities, is going virtual for 2020, as a result of COVID-19.

Instead of Jim Bolger’s and Davy Russell’s teams lining-out in St Conleth’s Park on Tuesday, August 11, a host of stars will take part in a virtual hurling skills challenge to raise much-needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s cancer research.

Those taking part in the challenge will include Frankie Dettori, Davy Russell, Lee Chin, Richie Hogan, Ursula Jacob, Marty Morrissey, Ruby Walsh, AP McCoy, Miriam O’Callaghan, Ger Lyons, Shane Foley, Willie Mullins, Danny Mullins, Paul McGrath, Ashling Thompson, Tommy Walsh and Cian Boland. Everyone’s hurling challenges will be shared on social media.

We are particularly looking forward to seeing what Frankie Dettori can do from his Newmarket base.

Those participating in the challenge are asked to donate what would have been the match ticket price of €10 to the Irish Cancer Society to help the charity continue their vital work to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

The challenge is for everyone and getting involved and showing your support for cancer patients and their families is simple:

  1. Make a donation via
  2. Share your skill on Instagram or Twitter, tagging Hurling For Cancer and Irish Cancer Society (@Hurling4cancer and @irishcancerSoc on Twitter and @hurling4cancer and @irishcancersociety on Instagram) with the hashtag #hurlingforcancer
  3. Nominate three friends to take on the challenge and show us their skill

There is also a chance to pick up some once in a lifetime memorabilia and experiences via a dedicated online auction. The full list of auction items is now available to view at and closes on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30 pm, on what should have been throw-in time for the 2020 renewal.

Cúl Sliotars have partnered with Hurling For Cancer Research to produce a limited edition sliotar featuring the signatures of sporting legends including, Niall Quinn, Sonia O’Sullivan, Shane Lowry, Frankie Dettori, Paul McGrath and Padraig Harrington, as well as some broadcasting heavy-weights including Miriam O’Callaghan, Micheál O’Muircheartaigh and Anne Doyle.  Only 500 Cúl Sliotars are available to purchase for €25 at

“We are living through unprecedented times and adapting to our new normal,” said racehorse trainer and Hurling For Cancer Research founder, Jim Bolger.

“However, the life-saving work of the Irish Cancer Society and all the services they provide still continues. All charities have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but I would appeal to everyone to donate what they can, buy a limited edition Cúl Sliotar or perhaps bid on an auction item.”

“Every penny raised with go to the Irish Cancer Society.  Unfortunately, everyone has been touched by cancer and it is only through the vital research work conducted by the Irish Cancer Society that we can combat this terrible disease.”

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