Behans Bar & the Witton Arms Fighting Cancer


Paul O’Mahony, the gaffer of both the Witton Arms and Behan’s Bar is set to take part in a White Collar Boxing event on September 5th at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on behalf of Cancer charities.

The Corkman who will be 52 on 24th August, incidentally also his wedding anniversary with wife Marie, is well into a nine week training regime in preparation for the bout.

Paul is confident that his fundraising efforts will be supported by customers of both of his pubs ad by a wide circle of friends from across the city to further help eradicate the disease.

When asked his reasons and motivation behind the decision to take on the challenge of the fight, Paul said, “A few months ago, a friend and a member of staff, Siobhan was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She is just 21, she has a three-year-old-son but cannot have any more children, because of her treatment, to me this is totally wrong.”

Paul continued, ‘An old friend, Olive, also from Witton was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had a breast removed. How does that make women feel? Obviously I cannot answer that.

“Thirdly, on the 1st of January 2007 my brother Denis, who was 55, was diagnosed with cancer. I remember meeting his daughter in the corridor; she had just been told that her father had the disease. I remember standing in that corridor like it was yesterday, hugging and crying together.

When Denis was diagnosed he was a fit, strong man. 51 days later he passed away. It was horrible to watch someone I loved so much fade away and I prayed to God to stop his punishment.”

Paul is determined to raise as much money as possible for the charities he is supporting to help the fight against this horrible disease that has affected every one of our lives at some time or another.

Paul added, “Every punch thrown that night is another blow to cancer.”

Tickets for this special one off event are available at £20 for the standing area and £30 each for a seat at a ringside table, complete with waitress service for the bar. All tickets are cash on delivery.

Tickets can be obtained from Behan’s on Highfield Road, Hall Green or the Witton Arms, Witton Road Aston.

Paul said, “Tickets are selling out fast so don’t miss out and Help support Cancer Research.”

There will be an after show party at Behan’s Bar with live music, a late bar, a raffle and possibly an auction too.

At the time of print Paul is setting up a link on Facebook, Just Giving, and a method to Pay Donations Directly.