Munster rugby fans will be hoping to get their hands on some players’ gear at a charity event in the Limerick 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.