Munster captain lends his support to colourful charity art exhibition

Owen Hickey

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Owen Hickey

MUNSTER rugby captain Paul O’ Connell turned out at the Belltable on Tuesday to show his support for an art exhibition in aid of motor neurone disease.

MUNSTER rugby captain Paul O’ Connell turned out at the Belltable on Tuesday to show his support for an art exhibition in aid of motor neurone disease.

The exhibition displays work from Limerick artists Hilary Molloy and Anna St George and runs until Friday November 11.

Funds raised are to go to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA), which works as a support organisation for people who have the condition.

The disease attacks the muscles of the body and can affect speech, breathing and general movement of the body.

Ms Molloy said she always wanted to support a charity with her art and it was the death of her sister from the disease which led her to help out the IMNDA.

Mr O’ Connell got involved after Ms St George got in touch with the Munster star.

“He was terrific and he gave a very moving talk on the night.

“We also had Marie Leavy of the IMNDA on the night, and she talked about the nature of the disease,” Ms Molloy said.

A sponsored prize raffle also took place on the night and included restaurant vouchers and concert tickets.

“Roughly between €2,500 and €3,000 was raised from the raffle alone and there is more to come from the paintings,” added Ms Molloy.