U2 show their support ahead of Ronan O'Gara's London testimonial
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U2 show their support ahead of Ronan O'Gara's London testimonial

SUPERGROUP U2 have pledged their support to Irish international rugby star Ronan O’Gara ahead of his testimonial in London this week.

The rock band has donated a guitar signed by all four members to be auctioned live on the night at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel in front of almost 900 guests.

Bono and co are the latest in a line of celebrities who have shown their support for the event, of which The Irish Post is a media partner.

Also being auctioned on the night is a framed montage of jerseys from the best backline Ronan - who is Munster’s most capped player of all time - played with.

A signed tour bag from golfer Rory McIlroy's win at the Australian Open is also up for grabs.

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For those keen on O'Gara memorabilia, there's a specially commissioned ‘NO10 ROG’ car number plate and the boots he wore for his 100th Irish cap against the Springboks in 2010.

The evening to be hosted by X Factor's Dermot O'Leary, with entertainment from Damien Varley, Hermitage Green and a once-off performance from Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance Troupe.

A Q&A session with Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell and Jonny Sexton will also take place.

The Ireland Fund of Great Britain, which is the charity beneficiary of the evening, is offering the public the chance to bid on lots ahead of the event. Visit www.irelandfund.org/rogauctionlots to place your bid.

The O'Gara testimonial committee is chaired by Cork-based property developer Michael O'Flynn, with Peter Sutherland, Ruby Walsh and AP McCoy among those also on the London committee.