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Football fan’s jersey collection to raise money for Irish Cancer Society

Author: Mary Ellen Breen
04 September 2015

The family of football fanatic Brendan Creegan, who died of cancer in 2013, donated his large collection of jerseys to the Irish Cancer Society charity shops and they will go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th.

Brendan, from Ranelagh in Dublin, was a collector of football jerseys and in memory of his charitable nature his family decided to donate the jerseys in aid of the charity – which supports people affected by cancer.

Over 50 jerseys were donated to the Society and are on display in two shop windows - 25 jerseys are in the Tallaght shop in Dublin and 25 in the Castle St. shop in Cork. The jerseys will be sold on Saturday, just over two years since Brendan's death.

Brendan’s sister Olivia Creegan said, “Brendan was young, vibrant, fun loving and truly, a larger than life character, and he had a real passion for all things sport especially football or ‘the beautiful game’ as it is otherwise known these days. He travelled to many football matches at home and abroad as he once said ‘I am not just an Arsenal supporter but I am a football supporter’. He was also a collector of football jerseys so he purchased many on his travels.”

Olivia continued, “Sadly Brendan became unwell in 2012 with cancer and shortly afterwards he was diagnosed as being terminally ill with only months to live. However, he still insisted on travelling to these matches, which was truly a testament to his passion for both the game and his life. He lost his battle with cancer in September 2013. He had all jerseys many brand new in their original packaging with labels attached that Brendan sadly would never get to wear. Brendan was a very charitable person during his short lifetime supporting many charities so on his behalf, we as family donated these football jerseys to the Irish Cancer Society to help raise much-needed funds for others battling the disease and their families. We felt that it only fitting to take what was Brendan’s passion in life and do something positive with it to help others.”

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