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Lions Banquet to be roaring success for support charity

The IRFU Charitable Trust will be holding their annual rugby ball, the 'Lions Banquet' on Friday March 12 (the eve of the Ireland v Wales match) in the Burlington Hotel, commencing at 7.15pm.

Speaking ahead of the night, IRFU Charitable Trust Committee member Mick Quinn said that the event will be a memorable one, with an important cause benefiting.

He said: "The event is endorsed by the Ireland team and we will have in attendance a number of British and Irish Lions such as Gerald Davis, JPR Williams, Phil Bennett, Ollie Campbell, Gareth Edwards, Mick Galwey and Jack Kyle to name a few.

"This event is to raise much needed funds to support 35 paralysed players and their families, to help give them independence and to cover their costs and care.

"We have taken into account the current economic conditions, so supporters and sport enthusiasts can come along on an individual basis, or maybe as part of a couple, and we have also reduced the price to €150, including wine.

"Coming this year, as it does, on the eve of the Ireland v Wales Six Nations game, there will be a great buzz around the place and it looks like it will be our best night yet."

The event will be black tie and the night will include celebrity guest appearances, excellent food and wine, music and a raffle for great prizes.

There is a reception before the dinner 7.15-8pm and the Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir will provide the early entertainment.

This year the price has been reduced from €1,950 to €1,500 for a table of 10, and tables of 8 or 12 are also available. The price per person is €150, single or pairs of seats can be purchased.

Telephone enquiries should be made to Mick Quinn at 086-2452222 or email linda.black@irfu.ie.