Stars on block for club

FANCY taking afternoon tea with Lord David Puttnam or a tiffin and a tour of Kilcoe with King of its Castle, actor Jeremy Irons?

Or, if one is of the more modest sort and doesn’t want to rub shoulders and with West Cork’s Hollywood set, how does a ton of coal, a trailer load of blocks or a box of fish grab one?

A rugby club, in need of funds to improve its profile and performance, has organised a fund-raising auction and expects a line-out of raised arms for the more novel items this Friday.

Skibbereen RFC is tapping into the generosity of its diverse residents and businesses to raise funds for its six under-age teams and two junior teams.

Movie-maker Lord David Puttnam is are lined up to give a tour of the gardens at his Ilen riverside home, Derrygareen, while actor Jeremy Irons is prepared to throw open the defences of Kilcoe Castle and give a guided tour of the refurbished project.

“Wouldn’t it make a marvellous Christmas present and surprise for someone?” said RFC committee member Charles McCarthy, who said the club needed cash to keep its many teams on the road with most of their matches a costly bus-ride away.

The dozens of auction items go under the hammer at the Paragon at 8.00pm Friday December 19.

One prize is a home visit by a chef to cook a meal for six to eight people after all, it would be nice to throw a decent bit of grub Lord David’s or Jeremy’s way if one decides to return the hospitality compliment.

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