Buy Munster players’ gear for charity

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Olive Foley with a pair of shoes donated by Paul O'Connell [Picture: Michael Cowhey]
MUNSTER rugby fans are set to get a unique chance to buy old gear which has been donated by some of the province’s most high profile players.

MUNSTER rugby fans are set to get a unique chance to buy old gear which has been donated by some of the province’s most high profile players.

Jersey, socks, shorts, boots and hats which were either worn in training or during matches will be sold and auctioned off at Peter Clohessy’s bar, Howley’s Quay on this Friday, September 6.

In addition to Munster gear, there is also a significant amount of gear, which was issued to the players while on International or Lions duty.

All of the monies raised from the event will be donated to the Donal Walsh #LiveLife foundation which was established following the teenager’s death earlier this year.

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.

Members of the squad, including Ronan O’Gara, were amongst the hundreds of people who attended his funeral in Tralee.

Olive Foley, who is married to Munster forwards coach, Anthony Foley, said the idea for this event was first discussed at Paul O’Connell’s wedding in the South of France.

“Paul and myself had a little glass of wine at his wedding and thought this was a wonderful idea and Paul was very no-nonsense,” said Olive who added that Peter Clohessy, who also attended the wedding immediately offered to host the sale in his pub.

Olive, who has organised a number of similar-but-smaller events in the past says the response from 
the players has been phenomenal.

“All of this gear was donated by the players. They donated everything and they literally came with bags of stuff for me - with jerseys, tee shirts, tracksuits, socks shorts, caps, skins and loads of gearbags,” she said.

According to Olive, most of the items will be priced ahead of the sale and will be available to buy on a first come, first served basis.

“If you come with a fiver you will leave with something,” she said.

However, a number of the more significant items, such as player’s Heineken Cup jerseys will have a reserve price and will be auctioned off on the day.

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