Celebrities ready to get their kit on in support of a worthy cause

A CELEBRITY hall of fame will be on show next week at Waterford Institute of Technology’s sports hall — and all for a worthy cause.

A host of soap stars and sports fanatics will pit their wits against a batch of other celebrities and “get their kit on” in aid of the People in Need Telethon.

Fair City’s David Mitchell, who plays the role of mechanic Jimmy Doyle, will swap overalls for soccer kit and is one of many celebrities who will be in Waterford on Friday, October 12.

It’s all part of the highly popular Celebrity Soccer Five-a-Side event at WIT’s sports hall in aid of the telethon, which will be broadcast a fortnight later.

The soccer-mad soap star will be joined by fellow Fair City cast members Alan O’Neill and Eoin Macken as well as RTÉ’s You’re a Star host Brian Ormonde. Also competing will be their colleagues at Montrose from the sports department, Marty Morrissey, Darragh Maloney and Evanne Ní Chuillinn.

The fundraiser will also feature journalists Paul Cunningham, Jonathan Mullin and Gareth O’Connor, as well as RTÉ south-east correspondent Damien Tiernan, who is based in Waterford’s RTÉ studios.

WLR’s key presenters will also tog out, as will inter-county hurling stars from Waterford.

The fundraiser runs from 7pm to 10.30pm and will be compered by Tipperary man Paul Collins of Today FM’s sports department. Also participating will be GAA referee and Wexford-based postman Dickie Murphy.

“There is no admission charge but donations will be very welcome,” says Damien Tiernan. “It’s always a very keenly contested event and we’re expecting to draw a huge crowd. We would like to take this opportunity to appeal to everyone to come out, cheer on the lads and ladies and dig deep for this very worthy charity.”

He said that all money raised locally stays in the local area, “so those who do support us will see their money ploughed back into very worthy local appeals”.

It will also be an opportunity for those who are Fair City fans or sports fans to come along and meet the people they have been watching or listening to throughout the year.

“When we set about organising this event each year, we put out feelers to the Fair City cast and around the sports department. The response is always swift and positive,” added Mr Tiernan.

“It has become a great draw for some of our leading soap and sports stars and we look forward to a very competitive, eagerly contested tournament again this year and it’s great to have the use of the sports facilities at Waterford Institute of Technology as our venue on October 12.”

Recorded highlights from the Waterford event are scheduled for broadcast on October 26, telethon night.

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