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Celtic jersey to be raffled in memory of Seamus

A FUNDRAISING event in memory of a late Strabane man is to take place at Christy’s Bar later this month.

Featuring a one-off signed Celtic jersey in a raffle, the event in honour of Seamus McLaughlin will be held at the local bar on November 29.

Mr McLaughlin passed away in October following a battle with cancer.

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In a bid to raise money for the Foyle Hospice and Macmillan, the McLaughlin family donated the jersey so that it could be raffled off.

“Everyone was so good to us along the way,” Seamus McLaughlin’s son, Michael explained. “The work that the hospice does is unbelievable. It’s a great place. We just wanted to do a small thing to say thanks and to hopefully raise a bit of money at the same time.

“He got the jersey through a Celtic supporters’ club – he was a mad fan, a huge Celtic fan.”
Strabane independent councillor and owner of Christy’s, Raymond Barr said he was honoured to host the fundraiser for his late friend.

“I knew Seamus from way back,” he remarked. “But it wasn’t until he started to drink in the bar that I really got to know him and got friendly with him. Seamus was a real character but very principled. You might not always agreed with him but once he put his head to something that was it. It was very hard to dislike the man. I just found him a great fella.

“The hope was we could have had a raffled it before he died. But that didn’t happen.”

Signed by the whole treble winning Celtic team, the jersey will be raffled at Christy’s on Friday, November 29.

Tickets can be purchased at the bar and it’s £2 per ticket or three for £5.

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