Johnny Sexton donates landmark jersey to help injured Berkeley girl Aoife Beary
LEINSTER and Ireland rugby star Johnny Sexton has donated one of his jerseys to an auction raising funds for Berkeley survivor Aoife Beary.
Ms Beary (21, right) suffered a traumatic brain injury in the incident which saw six Irish students lose their lives in June.
Her family say she is on a long path towards recovery and is being cared for at the Santa Clara Medical Centre in California.
The jersey is from Sexton's 50th cap with Ireland and the current highest bid for it stands at €130. The auction has been organised by the extended family of Ms Beary and is due to close at midnight tomorrow.
Other items up for grabs include a jersey and rugby ball signed by the entire Irish squad, along with tickets for this weekend's game.
Meanwhile, a ten-year-old schoolboy has been offered the chance to join the Irish squad as a mascot.
Sean Berney Treacey, from Co Kildare, will join the Irish team on the pitch in Cardiff for the big World Cup game against France in October.
He was selected as part of Land Rover's #WeDealInReal online search for young mascots.
Jamie Heaslip travelled to Sean's home to tell him the news and described the visit as "an emotional experience".
"Sean, who is obviously an incredibly passionate rugby fan, will have the chance to experience the pinnacle of the global game first-hand," he said.
Heaslip and co are currently in training for Ireland's clash against Wales this weekend.
The number 8 was also on hand to show off the new Leinster jersey this week.
The new jersey will keep the traditional blue colours with a new white collar strip. A brand new white away kit was also on display.