Hurling for Cancer Research Announces the Launch of 2021 Online Auction


Hurling for Cancer Research has announced the launch of its 2021 Online Auction in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. The full list of auction items is now available to view online, with all funds raised donated to the Irish Cancer Society to support their work in cancer research. The Irish Cancer Society is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland and currently funds over 100 cancer researchers across Ireland.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the online auction will take the place of the annual Hurling for Cancer charity hurling match, which is usually held between a host of sports and TV personalities, and organised by racehorse trainer, Jim Bolger and champion jockey, Davy Russell. Among the incredible prizes donated are luxury overnight stays at both Lyrath Estate Hotel & Spa Kilkenny and Mount Juliet Estate Kilkenny, a coveted signed Dublin football jersey and a 2021 Aintree Grand National race card signed by world famous Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore.

Classic winning racehorse trainer and Hurling for Cancer Research founder, Jim Bolger, said: “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 so I would appeal to everyone to support the online auction in any way they can. There are some fantastic items available for bids.”

Rosemary Simmons, Fundraising Lead with the Irish Cancer Society, said: “Hurling For Cancer Research is such a highlight on our fundraising calendar each year, helping to raise vital funds for the organisation. We will miss the match again this year, but are delighted that this incredible online auction is taking place. It is through the support of events like the Hurling for Cancer Research Auction that we can continue to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer in Ireland through research. This year more than 44,000 people in Ireland will hear the words ‘you have cancer’. But with thanks to research and advances in early detection and treatment, survival rates are continuing to improve and people are living well with and beyond cancer throughout Ireland.”

The full list of auction items is now available to view at  The auction closes on Tuesday August 10 at 9pm on what should have been Hurling For Cancer Research match-day.

To register via SMS

  1. Text: hurlingforcancer followed by your full name to: 086 180 3786

Example: “hurlingforcancer John Smith”

  1. Follow the registration link you are sent from GalaBid to log in and place bids

To register via browser

  1. Visit:
  2. Click on the ‘Register’ button
  3. Enter your details and click ‘Register’

Following your registration, you will then receive a text to your mobile phone with a verification link. Clicking the link will take you to the auction where you can log in with the password you entered during registration. You are now ready to bid.

All proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.

Sarah Brooks

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