AN exhibition of Munster rugby photographs taken by local amateur photographer Ivan O’Riordan has raised €6,000 the province’s three nominated charities.
The exhibition, Band of Brothers, which captured some of the best action photographs of the Munster team and passionate fans from the past decade, ran over a three week period in the Raggle Taggle gallery on Sarsfield Street in the city.
It contained 40 large framed action photographs and a similar number of smaller mounted photographs taken by the Parteen-based photographer, an accredited photographer with the Munster Supporters’ Club for over four years and keen follower of all Limerick sports for many years.
Ivan presented the cheque to Munster’s commercial and marketing Manager, Enda Lynch, before kick-off at the Munster Ulster game in Thomond Park last Saturday and the funds will now go to the team’s nominated charities for the 2011/12 season - Motor Neurone Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and C.R.O.S.S, which supports cancer research at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin.
“Demand was so great that a small number of photos still remain to be distributed,” explained Ivan.
“Interestingly, 65% of photographs were bought by female supporters of Munster and a number of photographs are destined for Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
“The exhibition costs of printing and framing were covered by the generosity of local businesses and individuals which meant that the proceeds from all sales were available for the charities. I am also most grateful to the Munster players for taking the time to autograph many of the photos. In particular, I had to call on Paul O’Connell and Simon Zebo time after time for repeats,” he added.