Monday 22 January 2018

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind in link-up with Reds' annual awards

Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald has said he is pleased with the charity link-up for this year's annual awards ceremony. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald has said he is pleased with the charity link-up for this year's annual awards ceremony. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Daragh Small

This year's Munster Rugby Awards will take place on Thursday, May 8, in Maryborough Hotel & Spa in Cork and Munster Rugby are teaming up with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind in staging the event.

This is the eighth year that the lunch-time ceremony will take place and the Irish Independent are a sponsor for the second year in a row.

CEO of Munster Rugby Garrett Fitzgerald said he was looking forward to the event and was particularly pleased with this year charity link-up.

"It is always a fantastic occasion and we look forward to celebrating another strong year for all levels of rugby in Munster," he said. "Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind provide an invaluable service and we are delighted to be able to partner with them and, hopefully, make a difference to their ongoing fundraising efforts at the event."

This annual event celebrates the best of rugby in the province, from the domestic game right up to the main award of the day – Munster Rugby Senior Player of the Year.

The awards recognise individual feats in the sport in Munster, as well as the achievements of clubs and schools, both on and off the pitch.

Commercial manager of the charity Sinead O'Keeffe said they are absolutely thrilled to be the charity partner at the Munster Rugby Awards. "Irish Guide Dogs are reliant on the generosity of the public, so this support helps us do give independence and mobility to people who are vision impaired and children with autism," she said.

"We have worked closely with many Munster Rugby players who have helped us promote events and initiatives and we are delighted to be developing that partnership further."

Eleven diverse categories will be honoured, ranging from Munster Player and Young Player of the Year through to up and coming Academy talent, women's rugby, referees, schools and clubs.

Tickets to the event are €650 per table of 10 and will include a drinks reception prior the event, a three-course meal in the Maryborough Hotel & Spa, two match tickets to a Munster pre-season friendly at Thomond Park and a raffle with proceeds going to the Irish Guide Dogs for Blind.

Marketing director of the Irish Independent Geoff Lyons said the Irish Independent are also long time partners with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and they are pleased to be supporting them at the awards.

"As Munster progress toward the business end of the season, we look forward to rewarding all those who have made this season so memorable so far across all levels of rugby within the province," he said.

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