SPORTING and art enthusiasts in Limerick have a great opportunity to acquire a piece of sporting history thanks to a youth centre in the city.
The West End Youth Centre in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is to auction off coveted sporting memorabilia as well as pieces of art to raise funds for a Youth Worker training programme.
A signed photograph of Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, will go under the hammer later this month. The photo is that of the Manchester United team and Sir Alex following their Champions League victory over Bayern Munich in 1999.
Other pieces that have been donated include a portrait of Katie Taylor, a portrait of Paul O’Connell, a test match jersey from Johnny Sexton, a signed copy of Ship of Fools by Fintan O’Toole and a framed front page copy of the newspaper USA Today bought in Washington DC on the day of Obama’s historic first election and the original newspaper itself.
Work from local artists will also be sold.
The auction will take place on the Our Lady of Lourdes parish website. It will run for five days, beginning Monday November 26.
William Priestley, manager of the West End Youth Centre, said: “We need €15,000 to fund our Apprentice Programme. We hope to raise €5,000 with this auction. The funds raised will see two young people receive all the training and support needed to become professional youth workers”.
“It is a new and innovative approach to community empowerment. Limerick Regeneration, the JP McManus Foundation and Elsevier publishing in America, have already lent their support to the project.
“We’re really enthusiastic to auction off these great sporting and artistic treasures. We’re hoping people that really love sport or even publicans who want to display a jersey on their wall would be prepared to buy some of this great stuff,” he added.