SPORTS ROUND-UP: G-Train on track for Belfast title defence

Graham McCormack and Paddy Donovan will both fight in Belfast on Saturday.

LIMERICK’S Graham McCormack will defend his BUI Celtic Middleweight title against Fearghus Quinn at the SSE Arena in Belfast this Saturday.

This battle is on the undercard of the Michael Conlon and former European Champion Karim Guerfi clash. It’s a bout many believe has ‘war’ written all over it.  

“It has been well-documented where Graham has come from to get here. He’s a great talker but I’ll tell you what else he is – he’s an excellent boxer and an even better fighter,” McCormack’s manager Ian Gaughran told 

McCormack has eight wins in his pro career. 

Limerick’s welterwight Paddy Donovan (9-0, 6 KO) is also listed for ring action in Belfast. 

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Ahead of a four-week festive break, there are some interesting fixtures in the Munster Junior Cup at the weekend. 

The pick of the action is on Sunday when Desmond League outfit Rathkeale FC host Ballynanty Rovers. Elsewhere, Regional United are home to Blarney United and Charleville are visitors to Two Mile Borris St Kevin’s.  

On Saturday, Fairview Rangers entertain Village United. Fairview’s Premier League outing with Aisling Annacotty was abandoned by the referee on Saturday last after he allegedly suffered verbal abuse from the sidelines. Aisling had been in front 3-1 when the match was halted ten minutes from the finish.


Munster Colleges are to introduce two new hurling cups in memory of Limerick pair Gerry Bennis (U-16.5) and Liam Kennedy (U-19) next year. 

A native of Kilruane MacDonaghs (Tipperary), Liam took up a teaching post with Ardscoil Rís in 1978 and was instrumental in promoting hurling in the school from the outset. His work came to fruition when the school won the 2008 Dean Ryan Cup, followed by successes in the Harty Cup. Liam was heavily involved with Na Piarsaigh GAA Club. 

Known affectionately as the Grandfather of Hurling in Ardscoil Rís, he played a crucial role in sowing the seeds for the Croke Cup success by the city school earlier this year.

Gerry, a member of the renowned Patrickswell family, was involved with Limerick GAA in many roles, serving as Limerick County Board Chairman in the 1990s. He was heavily engaged in the rejuvenation of the local colleges competitions and held the position of Post Primary Schools Servicing Officer in Limerick for many years. 

Greyhound Racing:

A FASCINATING 2022 Matchbook Betting Exchange Irish St Leger will come to its conclusion with Saturday night’s €60,000 final at Limerick.

Local training duo Pat and Emma Buckley of Doon stand a cracking chance of success with Bobsleigh Dream, which won its semi-final in a quick 29.54.  Buckley’s Velvet Kennels previously won with Never Give Up in 2004 and more recently Paradise Silva (2014). 

Tipperary’s Rachel Wheeler trained the other semi-final winner (29.51) at the weekend, Annagh Bailey, owned in Athea by Dan and Peter Stackpoole.

Racing manager Jody Thompson has assembled a strong support card, which commences at 7.40pm.