Family-of-Rory-Gallagher-donate-items-to-raise-funds-for-Ballycotton-RNLI

Byline: The family of the late musician Rory Gallagher have generously donated a ‘replica’ Fender Stratocaster guitar, along with his original Oberheim warm-up amplifier and stenciled flight case, to raise funds for Ballycotton RNLI.
Page Content: The items will be auctioned later this month in aid of the Cork lifeboat station, whose lifeboat crew save lives at sea all year round.

The Californian, Oberheimer ‘Studio Amp’, is extremely rare (serial 003), and was purchased by the guitarist in the mid ‘70s and remains in good working order.   

These two items will be offered for bidding as part of Whyte’s, Pop & Rock Memorabilia auction. Whyte’s have generously agreed to waive their commission. The Auction will take place between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 31 May. Viewing will be at Whyte’s galleries in Molesworth Street Thursday & Friday 29 & 30 May, 10am to 5pm, and Saturday, 31 May 9am to 12 noon. www.whytes.com

Dónal Gallagher, brother of the late musician said, ‘Rory would visit Ballycotton where he was inspired to write material. This part of the country was very special to him and our family is delighted to be able to do this for Ballycotton RNLI.  The volunteer lifeboat crew based there launches their lifeboat in all weathers and to all types of emergencies, saving lives at sea and helping those in trouble.  I hope people who have a love of Rory’s music and are interested in the auction will take pleasure in knowing that in purchasing this incredible guitar and Rory’s own amp and flight case, that they are helping a great charity.’

Speaking on Gallagher family’s kind donation to the charity, Chairperson of the Ballycotton RNLI Fundraising branch Fiona Flynn added, ‘We are extremely honoured by the Gallagher family’s kind donation, which will be auctioned to raise funds for the Ballycotton lifeboat station. Rory Gallagher is one of the most respected and talented musicians ever to come out of Ireland and we are delighted that his family have chosen Ballycotton lifeboat station to benefit from this special auction.’  

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. Last year Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat launched 28 times and rescued 10 people. The majority of lifeboat crews are volunteers who undergo rigorous training to deal with every type of emergency at sea.  The charity is dependent on the public for donations, which can continue to ensure that the RNLI saves lives at sea into the future.  This year the RNLI celebrated its 190th year.

A video of Rory’s song ‘Lost at Sea’ has been put to footage of the Ballycotton lifeboat. It can be viewed at
http://rorygallagher.com/#/news/2014/05/rory_items_at_auction_for_ballycotton_lifeboat

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Sony Music, Darren Reinhardt Darren.Reinhardt@sonymusic.com or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager – Ireland Telephone: 00 353 1 8900 460 (w) / 00 353 87 1254 124 (m)
Niamh_stephenson@rnli.org.uk

Byline: The family of the late musician Rory Gallagher have generously donated a 'replica' Fender Stratocaster guitar, along with his original Oberheim warm-up amplifier and stenciled flight case, to raise funds for Ballycotton RNLI.
Page Content: The items will be auctioned later this month in aid of the Cork lifeboat station, whose lifeboat crew save lives at sea all year round.

The Californian, Oberheimer ‘Studio Amp’, is extremely rare (serial 003), and was purchased by the guitarist in the mid ‘70s and remains in good working order.   

These two items will be offered for bidding as part of Whyte's, Pop & Rock Memorabilia auction. Whyte’s have generously agreed to waive their commission. The Auction will take place between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 31 May. Viewing will be at Whyte’s galleries in Molesworth Street Thursday & Friday 29 & 30 May, 10am to 5pm, and Saturday, 31 May 9am to 12 noon. www.whytes.com

Dónal Gallagher, brother of the late musician said, ‘Rory would visit Ballycotton where he was inspired to write material. This part of the country was very special to him and our family is delighted to be able to do this for Ballycotton RNLI.  The volunteer lifeboat crew based there launches their lifeboat in all weathers and to all types of emergencies, saving lives at sea and helping those in trouble.  I hope people who have a love of Rory’s music and are interested in the auction will take pleasure in knowing that in purchasing this incredible guitar and Rory’s own amp and flight case, that they are helping a great charity.’

Speaking on Gallagher family’s kind donation to the charity, Chairperson of the Ballycotton RNLI Fundraising branch Fiona Flynn added, ‘We are extremely honoured by the Gallagher family’s kind donation, which will be auctioned to raise funds for the Ballycotton lifeboat station. Rory Gallagher is one of the most respected and talented musicians ever to come out of Ireland and we are delighted that his family have chosen Ballycotton lifeboat station to benefit from this special auction.’  

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. Last year Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat launched 28 times and rescued 10 people. The majority of lifeboat crews are volunteers who undergo rigorous training to deal with every type of emergency at sea.  The charity is dependent on the public for donations, which can continue to ensure that the RNLI saves lives at sea into the future.  This year the RNLI celebrated its 190th year.

A video of Rory’s song 'Lost at Sea’ has been put to footage of the Ballycotton lifeboat. It can be viewed at
http://rorygallagher.com/#/news/2014/05/rory_items_at_auction_for_ballycotton_lifeboat

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Sony Music, Darren Reinhardt Darren.Reinhardt@sonymusic.com or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager – Ireland Telephone: 00 353 1 8900 460 (w) / 00 353 87 1254 124 (m)
Niamh_stephenson@rnli.org.uk