The IRFU Charitable Trust Vodafone Rugby Ball 2020
The Annual I.R.F.U. Charitable Trust Ball was held on Friday 6th March 2020 in the Round Room at the Mansion House. The IRFU Charitable Trust is delighted to have Vodafone as title sponsor for this their biggest fundraiser of the year for the fifth time. The very successful charity event was a gathering of over 400 people from the worlds of rugby, entertainment and business. Many prominent figures were in attendance.
The evening was organised by Shane Whelan and his Committee. John Callaghan, Chairman of the Charitable Trust, gave a warm word of welcome followed by a moving video on the work of the Trust. A significant amount of money was raised on the night and this will go a long way in supporting the 36 seriously injured rugby players.
On arrival guests were treated to a drink’s reception sponsored by Diageo including Guinness and Tanqueray Gin. There was entertainment by Magician Aidan Murphy. A vintage photo booth was available for people to have photos taken as a memento of the evening. Rory Best and Alan Shortt got the guests in good spirits as they hosted a Heads and Tails game with the audience, the lucky winner was delighted to receive a Coole Swan hamper.
A surprise appearance by the Henshaw family trad band, Robbie, his dad Tony, sister Ali and Jim played a stormer and were joined by Niall Rynne on stage also.
Our special guests for the evening Rory Best, Niamh Briggs and Jack Conan chatted with Máire Treasa Ni Cheallaigh giving all the insights into their life and rugby world. Alan Shortt, comedian, had guests thoroughly entertained with his banter with guests during the Auction.
Other money was raised with a silent auction and raffle. The auction lots included a weekend away in London, Captains Run prize, Golf in Lahinch, Helicopter to Punchestown Festival and many more.
After dinner the guests hit the dance floor to The Controversial All Stars. All agreed it was a fantastic event, it was both a memorable and enjoyable evening for a most worthy cause.