Keith Wood to be guest speaker at Mayor’s Ball

David Hurley

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David Hurley

RUGBY legend Keith Wood will be the guest speaker at this year’s Charity Mayor’s Ball, which will take place next month.

RUGBY legend Keith Wood will be the guest speaker at this year’s Charity Mayor’s Ball, which will take place next month.

Saint Gabriel’s school and the Lourdes Invalid Fund will be the beneficiaries of this year’s ball, which takes place at the Strand Hotel on Friday May 6.

Speaking this Thursday, Mayor Byrne said she is delighted that the former Munster, Ireland and Lions star has agreed to speak at the event especially as Limerick is the European City of Sport this year.

“Keith is steeped in Limerick history and I felt it was important that we selected someone from Limerick who has excelled in their sport and he has certainly done that,” she said.

“He started out at GAA before moving on to rugby and in addition to playing for Munster, Ireland and the Lions he also played at club level in Limerick so I am delighted that he has agreed to speak at the Ball and I am looking forward to hearing him on the night,” added Mayor Byrne, who has close links with each of the charities who are set to benefit from the ball.

She is a member of development board at the Dooradoyle-based St Gabriel’s school, and she has travelled as a volunteer to Lourdes every year for the past two decades.

“Both charities are very close to my heart and both benefit so many people in the city and county and they give great service to the people and that is the reason why I chose the two charities and hopefully we will make money on the night to benefit both and, I suppose, the most important thing is that they are both Limerick charities,” said the Mayor.