Friday 22 September 2017

Rugby stars sell shirts off their backs for Donal

RUGBY fans are to get a chance to grab a jersey, shorts, or even a pair of socks, worn by their sporting heroes in big matches.

The special sale-come-auction, in aid of the Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation, takes place in former Munster rugby star Peter Clohessy's pub in Limerick tomorrow.

Sixteen-year-old Donal, who passed away last May after a five-year cancer battle, made headlines when he publicly spoke out about conditions at Crumlin Children's Hospital and about teen suicide.

The Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation has been set up by his family to bring forward his causes of providing age-appropriate teenage facilities in hospitals, and hospice centres, as well as promoting his anti-suicide message.

Organiser Olive Foley, wife of rugby legend Anthony Foley, said fans could pick up a real bargain.

"Everything is modestly priced, except for the Lions Tour gear. T-shirts are to go for between €5 and €10, a pair of socks will be €5, tracksuit pants are €5-€10, and caps will be €5," Ms Foley said.

Players' official jerseys (€50-€80) worn during the Heineken Cup, Rabo Direct Pro-12, and Six Nations tournament, are sure to sell like hot cakes.

Lions star Paul O'Connell, who was a friend of Donal, organised for his fellow professional players to donate their gear.

"They've given me everything. They have all been amazing. Paul thought it was a great idea and drove it all as he was a friend of Donal. All in all, about 60 Munster Rugby staff have donated gear," she added.

"We're going to be open all day from 12 noon. It'll be first come, first served," Ms Foley added. You can donate to the foundation at http://donalwalshlivelife.org/

Irish Independent

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