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Tuesday 2 September 2014

'Bull' pays €5,500 to snap up 'Tubridy' the calf

Ralph Riegel

Published 26/02/2013 | 04:00

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Ryan Tubridy with the calf, which was bought by John Hayes

RYAN 'the Calf' Tubridy crossed horns with John 'the Bull' Hayes and the clear winner was an Irish cancer charity.

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The 'Late Late Show' host auctioned off a pedigree calf, named 'Tubridy' in his honour, at Dungarvan Mart in Co Waterford as a special fundraiser for Youghal Cancer Support Centre.

The winning bid of a whopping €5,500 was tabled on behalf of former Munster and Ireland rugby star John Hayes (39), who is involved in a new Irish restaurant venture.

"I think it's absolutely appropriate that 'the Bull' should have bought 'the calf' and all in the aid of a great cause," Tubridy told the Irish Independent.

Ryan was assisted for the auction by a few celebrity friends, including Maura Derrane ('Today Show'), Brenda Donohue ('Mooney Show') and Jon Kenny ('D'Unbelievables'). There was a particularly loud cheer for Derrane, who is married to Waterford TD John Deasy (FG).

Tubridy's calf was sponsored by Youghal farmer Nicky Flavin, and the little Friesian heifer was always going to be the star of the show.

"She's an absolute beauty and 100pc cow . . . there's no horse there, no Shergar and no Mr Ed," the broadcaster declared to cheers.

To sweeten the bidding pot, Ryan threw in a special photo opportunity with himself and the other celebrity mart guests as well as two tickets for 'The Late Late Show'.

A capacity attendance of more than 300 farmers and 'Late Late Show' fans were treated to almost two hours of non-stop entertainment.

The proceedings were kicked off by Kenny, who caused mayhem when he admitted the calf named in his honour was "absolutely stone mad".

One poor farmer was left mortified when the comedian stopped proceedings with: "Johnny, are you making a bid or just wiping your nose?"

Youghal Cancer Support Centre said it was "absolutely overwhelmed" by the response to the charity calf auction, which is now expected to raise around €30,000.

Dungarvan Mart, part of the CCM Group, waived the commissions from all sales yesterday in support of the auction.

Irish Independent

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