Friday 28 April 2017

Charity is boosted by Trump tie donation

SVdP volunteers Mary Rafter and John Mc Keever with one of the Donald Trump ties. Photo: Maxpix
SVdP volunteers Mary Rafter and John Mc Keever with one of the Donald Trump ties. Photo: Maxpix

Sarah Slater

Donald Trump has inadvertently provided a boost for a small charity shop after a batch of his specially commissioned ties have "flown out the door".

Mr Trump's inauguration as the 44th US President is just four days away and souvenir sales are catching the imagination of the Irish public.

Special Donald Trump ties, commissioned by the president-elect while on his campaign trail across America's 50 states last year have now made their way here.

Staff at St Vincent de Paul's charity shop in Drumcondra, Dublin, said that the ties were donated by a journalist who was working in the US during the election.

Mary Rafter said that there has been huge interest in the memorabilia belonging to the controversial son of a Scottish emigrant, who will soon lead the most powerful nation in the world.

Disgust

"As far as I know a journalist who had been on the campaign trail with Mr Trump while on his tour around the USA dropped them in here before Christmas," said Ms Rafter.

"We don't know if he or she left them here out of disgust at Mr Trump winning or if they thought the ties could be lucky charms."

Ms Rafter said that a dozen ties in all different colours were donated by the reporter, who wanted to remain anonymous.

"We put them on sale for €20 and they flew out the door. We've only one left in pink. Buyers are reckoning they will become collector items in the future," she said.

"I'm not really surprised they sold so quickly as he is the man of the moment now, isn't he?"

All types of souvenirs are for sale on eBay from bobblehead action Trumps doing all sorts of unusual and lewd acts, to socks, T-shirts, caps and mugs.

Meanwhile, a number of Democrats say they plan to skip Friday's inauguration.

Irish Independent

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