Jim Bolger and Davy Russell's charity hurling matches pass the €500,000 fundraising mark

The duo organise the match in aid of the Irish Cancer Society every year

Jim Bolger and Davy Russell's charity hurling matches pass the €500,000 fundraising mark

Jim Bolger and Davy Russell

Jim Bolger and Davy Russell are best known for their performances on the race tracks, but it's the duo's work on the hurling field that will leave a lasting legacy.

The Irish Cancer Society have announced that the annual hurling match the duo have organised, raised €138,000 this year, which has seen them break the €500,000 barrier since the game was first played five years ago.

Each year, the duo invite some of the best hurlers and sports stars, past and present to take part in the match in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Managers such as Brian Cody, Davy Fitzgerald, Liam Griffin and Cyril Farrell have taken charge of the two teams in recent years.

Bolger (a Kilkenny native) and Cork's Russell are both known respectively for their successes in flat and national hunt racing, but the duo's success in fundraising, means the 2017 match is already set up to take place on August 15th, in St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge.

Speaking at the announcement of the €542,000 total raised, Bolger was delighted that he is able to play a small part in the Irish Cancer Society's fundraising ventures.

"It is truly exciting to see the developments being made through cancer research here in Ireland. The number of people with cancer in Ireland is rising annually and more research is vital to tackle this growing epidemic."

"Davy and I, and all those involved in Hurling for Cancer Research, are proud to play a part in funding the Irish Cancer Society’s work in this field."

After reaching the €500,000 mark, the duo look set to pass €1,000,000 if the annual match continues into the next decade.