The Under 21 hurlers of Kilkenny and Tipperary will lock horns in a “Hurling Challenge for Zambia” on Wednesday March 7 next at 7.30pm under the lights at the home of newly-crowned All-Ireland Junior Champions St. Patrick’s Ballyragget. An additional honour for the Club on the night will be that, as reigning County Under 21 Champions, one of their own players will Captain the Kilkenny Under 21s this year. This match is another of the on-going fundraising efforts in Kilkenny CBS as part of the Zambia Immersion Project. The CBS has adopted what is known as the ‘WaSH’ Programme for 10 Zambian Schools run by the Christian Brothers. Eleven CBS students accompanied by 5 teachers will travel to Zambia for a 2 week Immersion working in the 10 schools. Three of the teachers involved hail from Tipperary; Principal Tom Clarke from Clonmore, Pat Downey from Boherlahan/Dualla and Paul O’Donoghue from Cashel. The funds raised will be invested in providing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene hence the acronym ‘WaSH’. Zambia is one of Africa’s poorest nations and basic facilities are often non-existant. Toilet facilities in the 10 schools are extremely basic and in many cases are just open’ pit latrines’. Former Principal of both Kilkenny C.B.S and Thurles C.B.S. and avid hurling supporter , Bro. Michael O’Donoghue is the driving force behind this project which strives to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene amenities in these centres of education catering for over 10,000 students. The Zambia Immersion Committee would like to thank both Under 21 Managers, Richie Mulrooney and Ken Hogan for their unstinting support in agreeing to this fixture and also to St. Patrick’s Ballyragget for providing their pitch on the night. Admission to the game is 5 euro and all proceeds go towards the financing of this worthwhile project. Why not come along and enjoy what should be an interesting and informative game of hurling between two age-old rivals whilst making a contribution to the lives of thousands of young Zambians who are infinitely worse off than we are despite the recession we find ourselves in? Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Kilkenny C.B.S. Zambia Immersion Committee.
‘Great honour to be involved in this worthwhile fixture against our old
rivals Kilkenny. Both teams will be setting out their stalls at this
early time of the year to establish strong panels come Championship
time. We are just getting together now that Fitzgibbon Cup
Competition has finished and we face a tough opener in the Munster
Championship against Cork on the 6th June. We are delighted to be
involved in this very worhtwhile Zambian Project and I wish to
compliment Paul O’Donoghue, his colleagues and students in Kilkenny
CBS on their tremendous work for such a worthwhile charity.’

Ken Hogan, Manager, Tipperary Under 21 Squad.

‘The Kilkenny U-21 panel begin their 2012 campaign with a challenge match against Tipperary in Ballyragget on Wednesday , March 7th. The match will be played as a fundraiser for Kilkenny C.B.S. secondary school who are sending some of their pupils to Zambia. The last time these two groups of players met was the All Ireland minor semi- final of 2009. That was a cracking match with the Kilkenny boys winning on that occasion by 1-21 to 2-16. Both sides contain some fine players who will be hoping to show their worth at U-21 level. Kilkenny senior panellists Richie Doyle, Cillian Buckley and Willie Phelan are members of the Kilkenny U-21 panel. Tipperary are likely to be backboned by the likes of Denis Maher, John Meagher, Brian Stapleton and John O’Dwyer. A very worthy cause should be well represented with a very worthwhile hurling match.’

Richie Mulrooney , Manager of Kilkenny Under 21s.

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