Munster players donate World Cup gear for charity auction

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Olive Foley pictured with John Cantwell at Thomond Park ahead of Friday's auction             Picture: Michael Cowhey
MUNSTER rugby fans will have a unique chance to get their hands on “money can’t buy” memorabilia from this year’s Rugby World Cup at special auction later this week.

MUNSTER rugby fans will have a unique chance to get their hands on “money can’t buy” memorabilia from this year’s Rugby World Cup at special auction later this week.

The auction of gear which has been donated by some of the province’s most high profile players takes place at the Dug Out Bar, Thomond Park from 1pm this Friday, November 27.

Jerseys, socks, shorts, boots and hats which were either worn in training or during matches will be sold and auctioned off during the event – with all of the proceeds going to the Donal Walsh #LiveLife foundation which was established following the teenager’s death in 2013.

Donal (16), who suffered from Cancer, touched the lives of many when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on The Saturday Night Show on RTÉ Television. Many of the Munster squad came to know Donal prior to his death and he once described Paul O’Connell as being like a big brother to him.

In addition to Munster gear, there will also be a significant amount of gear, which was issued to the players while they were on international duty before and during the recent World Cup in England and Wales.

According to the organiser of the event, Olive Foley, Friday may also be the last opportunity for Munster fans to buy gear which was used by Munster and Ireland legend Paul O’Connell.

“He phoned me to say he had a bag (of gear) for me and when I get it I will be rummaging through it to see of there are any stand-out items,” said Olive, wife of Munster head coach, Anthony Foley.

While most of the gear will be sold on a first come, first served basis a number of items of special interest are likely to be auctioned off in a raffle.

“This is the third time that we have done this for the #LiveLife foundation and I know that Donal’s parents Elma and Fionnbarr really appreciate the players donating their gear,” said Olive who is advising people to arrive early on Friday to avoid disappointment.

”There will be stuff on sale for 70 or 80% less than you would buy in shops and we will also have gear that is not available to buy in shops. Last year we sold everything,” she said.

For more details about the Donal Walsh #LiveLife charity log onto http://donalwalshlivelife.org.