Pele shirt up for grabs at night for Raymie
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
A TRIBUTE night to one of Church Street's favourite sons, Raymie Mullen, takes place in The Cavern Bar this Saturday night.
Revellers can bid for a signed Pele shirt and a host of other sporting memorabilia to raise funds for Daisy Hill Medical Ward and a Zambian orphanage.
The Raymie Mullen Sports Auction kicks off at 7.30pm and as well as a signed shirt from arguably the greatest footballer of all-time, people have the chance to get their hands on a signed Luis Suarez Barcelona shirt, a Down jersey signed by the five All-Ireland winning captains and a plethora of other prizes on the night.
The term legendary is brandished about very liberally these days, but in the case of Raymie Mullen around Church Street area, the term is aptly fitting. He was a loveable, larger-than-life personality with a great wit, kindness, panache and a sartorial elegance that wasn't always strictly necessary for The Cavern!
His son Darren spoke to The Democrat about the Mullen family's endeavours to raise enough money to buy some recliner beds for the medical ward in Daisy Hill and their efforts to help the Zambian orphanage.
Darren said: "Daddy spent a lot of time [at the Daisy Hill Medical Ward], and we're trying to buy some recliners for the side wards. In the last week when my daddy was dying, we [the family] had to stay overnight and whilst we'd a great service from the staff and everything, it just wasn't the most comfortable, so we're trying to buy a few recliners for people in a similar situation.
“The second charity is a Zambian orphanage that Barry Traynor visits every year. It helps take orphaned kids off the streets there.
"Barry organised a street football tournament in memory of daddy in the Kitwe region of Zambia, the 'Raymie Mullen Football for Life' street tournament.
"Over 2,000 kids turned up so it was a great success. There were t-shirts given out in daddy's memory and in memory of the Eamon Morgan Trust.
“Barry goes out once a year and he really does go above and beyond what any normal person does for charity. We donated a cup and were delighted that Barry asked us to get involved in daddy's name, considering, if you think back 30 or 40 years ago, daddy organised football tournaments in Kilmorey Park and went and bought trophies and kits for us.
"It's great to see something like that in his memory."
Darren said that the family have been delighted with the response so far and are hopeful of a large turnout on the night in his honour. He said: "This night has given us something to focus to, and we've had a brilliant response to it so far.
"Even the signed Pele jersey was donated by a neighbour of ours, Stuart Smith, which he gave to us for free. He told us that he thought an awful lot of daddy so it was a really super gesture, especially since he'd bought it in an auction in London.
“[We also have] a signed Suarez Barcelona jersey, a Down jersey signed by the five All-Ireland winning captains, a signed Adam Lallana shirt and a signed Everton jersey as well as a swathe of other prizes."
The Newry City manager added: "We've put a lot of work into the night, so we're hoping that it'll be a good night where we can raise money for two good charities. On the night itself I'm sure everyone will have a story or two to share about my dad."
A great family raising money for two great causes in memory of a great man in what promises to be a cracking night of reflecting and reminiscing over one of Church Street's best-loved characters.
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