Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Online Auction for Charity


Sorry, but I still have to figure out how you get a link to print on here so that you can actually just click on it and not have to copy it out...

I'm a bit preoccupied at the moment as I am trying to organise this auction on facebook...it's all for such a good cause.
''Paul Curran is 40 years of age. He is married to Karen and they have three daughters, Sara (17), Clodagh (13) and Caoimhe (11). They live in his native Valentia Island.

Paul has had an outstanding career in Gaelic football. He played all underage levels for Valentia. He started playing for the Valentia Senior Football Team at 17. He represented Kerry at Minor, Under 21, Junior and senior level. He has two Kerry Co. U-21 titles (1991 and 1992) which he won while playing for the divisional side, South Kerry. He received the man of the match award for his display in the ‘91 final against West Kerry. Paul was on the Kerry U-21 panel in 1991for the All Ireland semi final and played for Kerry in the 1992 All Ireland U-21 Final, on both occasions Kerry were beaten by Tyrone
He moved to Dublin in 1993 and while he lived there he was a very prominent team member who helped Ballyboden/St. Enda’s to win their first ever Dublin County Title in 1995. He also played with St. Olaf’s in Dundrum for three years. Paul and family returned to live in Kerry in 2000 and he continued to play with Valentia until 2009. He has six South Kerry senior championship medals.
Paul is also a member of the Valentia Pipe Band

In 2010 Paul was diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer. He underwent surgery at Kerry General Hospital in March 2010 but he needs further life saving surgery as soon as possible. He can only get this specific surgery in the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. It is currently scheduled for April 2012.
The cost of this surgery and associated costs may be as high as €80, 000.

The Paul Curran Trust Fund committee has been set up and various fundraising events will take place around Kerry in the coming months. We would be very grateful for your support.''


it's all a bit crazy but is coming together really well - it all started off with me thinking about auctioning off a crochet rainbow-coloured cowl on my Selkie facebook page...then that seemed to be going quite well so I thought ''why not try and do this on a bigger scale?'' and now we already have about 15 lots and the running total of the current bids is about €200, which isn't bad at all.

The total amount needed for Paul's operation is approx €80,000 (I just can't get my head around that much money) so this auction will only raise a tiny drop in that ocean, but I keep telling myself that it's better than nothing.

In the meantime I'm afraid my own Etsy shop has kind of gone off the boil, but I've racked up over 90 listings there now, which isn't too bad. I'm still making items for it, though I don't have as much spare time as I used to have as I seem to be perpetually sending emails and facebook messages! Besides, my etsy shop will still be there, it isn't going anywhere and will be waiting for me when life gets more back to normal :D


  1. When you're composing your blog post, highlight the words you want to be a link (whether it's the written-out form of the address or just a word or two describing what the link leads to). In the little toolbar above where you type your post, you should see a button that says "link" (or it might look like a little chain link, depending on the version you're using). Click that, and it'll pop up a little window where you can enter the address you're linking to.

    Good luck with the auction!

  2. Yay! you're a genius Rachel!!

  3. "If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it
    Help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save lives"!