IRFU Charitable Trust Vodafone Rugby Ball 2023

2022 saw the return of our annual Rugby Ball, once again kindly supported by Vodafone.  We greatly appreciate the on-going support of Vodafone – a true Ireland rugby supporter!  For many of those who attended our last Ball in March 2022, they said it was their first real outing since the Rugby Ball in March 2020! – A week before the pandemic hit our shores.

We are delighted to announce our next Rugby Ball will take place on Friday 10th March 2023, and will be held for a third time in the very popular Round Room at the Mansion House, Dawson Street.  The Ball takes place the weekend the Ireland rugby team head to Edinburgh to take on our World Cup group opponents – Scotland, in the 2023 Guinness Six Nations. So don’t be surprised if one of the live auction items on the night is a last minute trip to one of the best rugby stadiums in the world – Murrayfield!

The night will kick off with a drinks reception from 7pm, kindly sponsored by Diageo, with our guests treated to complimentary drinks, followed by a silver service dinner.  Like Vodafone, Diageo / Guinness have been an ongoing supporter of the Trust – as well as rugby – and we are truly grateful.  A table of ten people costs €2,500 or if you would like to purchase single seats instead, the cost per seat is €250.  All funds raised on the night go to supporting our seriously injured rugby players.  Thank you once again to our loyal supporters who returned again in 2022 and a special welcome to those joining us for the first time – we hope to see you all again, and hopefully some new faces, in 2023. Your support is greatly appreciated by the Trust and our seriously injured players and their families.

Along with the Scotland Trip, we will have unique rugby prizes for our live auction as well as prizes from the world of music, sports and entertainment for our silent auction – make sure to register early to get your bid placed.  Our ever popular raffle will also take place on the night with at least one prize per table.  As always, we greatly appreciate the generosity of all of you who contribute to the prizes on the night including our sponsor Vodafone, as well as Leinster Rugby.  Very special thanks to our wine sponsor at our last Ball – Fallon & Byrne.

Our seriously injured players Bernard Healy and Mark Governey, as well as Philip Caldwell, joined us on the night with their friends and families.  We were also joined by Irish rugby greats – Claire Molloy, Sene Naoupu, Lindsay Peat and Greg O’Shea as well Olympic medallist Aifric Keogh.  The very popular Alan Shortt once again hosted the evening, thank you Alan; and the The Controversial All Stars ended the night on a high. Check out the video from the last ball by clicking here which was shot by Get Broadcasting.

Finally we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support – our sponsors and contributors, committee and volunteers, colleagues and all our wonderful guests. Your support for those who have been seriously injured playing the game we all love is greatly, greatly appreciated.