Tuesday 26 September 2017

Businessman back to drawing board for charity

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn is among a host of leading Irish figures to take out his charcoal pencil and sketch to raise funds for a multiple sclerosis charity.

The former head of the Quinn Group supplied a reproduction of the shamrock emblem of his local GAA club Teemore Shamrocks for 'Action MS Take Art'.

The campaign asked big names across Ireland and the UK to draw a little sketch and sign it.

Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll, Fermanagh GAA boss Peter Canavan, singers Daniel O'Donnell and Brian Kennedy, broadcaster Terry Wogan, and Gay Byrne and wife Kathleen Watkins are among others who submitted their artwork to the fundraiser.

Prints of the works will be used to increase public awareness of multiple sclerosis and to raise vital funds for Action MS support services .

All the works, including a Donegal seascape from North Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, will be sold off at a grand auction to be held in the Titanic Belfast museum on Monday, November 19.

Fundraisers hope to exhibit the artwork in Dublin in the coming weeks. A sheep sketched by British PM David Cameron has been added to the display.

Ann Walker, chief executive of Action MS, said: "We have had a very encouraging response so far with celebrities taking up our invitation with genuine enthusiasm. We look forward to showcasing their work and putting the pieces up for auction. We may well discover some exciting new talents."

Irish Independent

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