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Gary Neville And Irish Pub Combine To Make Tremendous Gesture For Paul McGrath's Charity Auction

Gary Neville And Irish Pub Combine To Make Tremendous Gesture For Paul McGrath's Charity Auction
By Gavan Casey

Paul McGrath couldn't believe his luck last night when his fellow former Manchester United man Gary Neville got involved in the bidding for a signed Manchester United jersey.

The Irish icon was auctioning the jersey for his daughter-in-law, Nicola, who is climbing to Mount Everest's Base Camp to raise awareness for Brainwave, a charity which helps children with disabilities in both the UK and Ireland.

As bidding prepared to draw to a close, Mulligan's Irish Bar in Manchester came in with a sizeable offer of €700.

Former Gary Neville's Valencia manager and all-round good guy Gary Neville then got involved - blowing Mulligans' offer out of the water, but with a twist. The United legend bid £1,000 (roughly €1,185) but declared that the jersey must be signed by McGrath's close pal Norman Whiteside, and be hung in Mulligans as opposed to chez Neville.

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We recently had Whiteside over for an event in Harold's Cross, and the Northern Ireland and United legend must have signed over a hundred race programmes. Needless to say he was more than happy to oblige.

The bids continued however, as the generous Mulligans requested Neville himself sign the shirt and they would match his bid of £1,000.

In a matter of minutes, the jersey had gone from potentially raising €650 to drumming up the equivalent of over €2,370. Wonderful.

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