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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Stars come out for mother of all lunches to raise funds for UNICEF

Cormac Murphy and Laura Butler

Published 29/03/2014 | 02:30

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Donncha O'Callaghan with his mother Marie at the UNICEF Ireland Mother's Day lunch. Photo: Mark Steadman
Anna Daly, TV3 presenter with her mum Ann at the UNICEF Ireland Mother's Day Lunch. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Anna Daly, TV3 presenter with her mum Ann at the UNICEF Ireland Mother's Day Lunch. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
UNICEF Ireland ambassadors Joe Canning, Stephen Rea, Cathy Kelly and Donncha O'Callaghan at the UNICEF Ireland Mother's Day lunch. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
UNICEF Ireland ambassadors Joe Canning, Stephen Rea, Cathy Kelly and Donncha O'Callaghan at the UNICEF Ireland Mother's Day lunch. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Well-known faces from the sports and entertainment worlds gathered at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel for the UNICEF Ireland Mother's Day Lunch.

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Guests included the organisation's ambassadors, Munster rugby player Donncha O'Callaghan, actor Stephen Rea, author Cathy Kelly and Galway hurler Joe Canning.

O'Callaghan, accompanied by his mother Marie and wife Jenny, was taking time out ahead of today's Pro12 game against Leinster.

Donncha and Jenny welcomed their third child, six-month-old baby Robyn, last year.

The couple also have two young daughters, Sophie and Anna.

The 34-year-old rugby star said, with so many away matches over the years, he missed out on quality time with his girls. "It's tough because of what I do. You have to travel a lot and that's a hard part of it," he said.

Proceeds from yesterday's lunch will go towards helping mothers in vulnerable situations around the world to give birth in safe environments.

RTE presenter Emma O'Driscoll, TV3's Anna Daly and model Sarah McGovern were among the other well-known faces in attendance, while former RTE news anchor Anne Doyle performed MC duties.

The event – held in association with the Irish women's clothes brand, Fran and Jane – included a fashion showcase.

Guests were also given a first look at a new UNICEF video starring O'Callaghan as part of the campaign to eradicate polio. It followed the rugby player's recent fact-finding mission to Nigeria.

UNICEF Ireland's chief executive, Peter Power, updated the gathering on the organisation's activity around the globe helping children to survive and thrive.

Irish Independent

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