MUNSTER rugby fans will be hoping to get their hands on some players’ gear at a charity event in the city later today.
Jerseys, socks, shorts, boots and hats will be sold and auctioned off at Peter Clohessy’s bar, Howley’s Quay from midday.
All of the gear, including dozens of jersey’s which were worn by Munster players in Heineken Cup and Rabodirect Pro 12 last season, have been donated by the players.
“You can’t buy this stuff, it is a once off and there is huge interest,” said Tyrone Elliott - one of the organisers of Friday’s event.
All of the monies raised 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 players 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 quad were amongst the hundreds of people who attended his funeral in Tralee earlier this year.
Olive Foley, who is married to Munster forwards coach, Anthony Foley, said the idea for today’s event was first discussed last month at Paul O’Connell’s wedding in the South of France.
“Paul and myself had a little glass of wine at his wedding and we thought this was a wonderful idea and Paul was very no-nonsense,” said Olive.
Paul, who has promoted the event to his 120,000 followers on Twitter, has donated a number of items, which are set to attract major interest.
These include a monographed hoodie, suit bag and kit bag from this year’s Lions tour to Australia as well as a shirt and tie from the same tour.
Another significant item which will be sold on Friday is an Irish jersey worn by Keith Earls when he played against Wales at the Aviva Stadium in last year’s RBS Six Nations championship.
A number of signed Munster Jerseys will also be sold on the day along with other memorabilia including Stand Up and Fight mirrors and dozens of training tops and gearbags,
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.
However, quotas will apply and reserves will be placed on some of the items.