Signed Ireland rugby jersey up for grabs to help EB charity Debra

by Gazette Reporter
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Rugby fans are set to line out in their droves to get their hands on this Irish international jersey, signed by the entire squad.

After our heartbreaking World Cup exit at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday, Dublin-based company donated the official shirt to national charity, Debra.

It supports the estimated 300 people and families living in Ireland with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare and extremely painful skin condition which causes skin blistering at the slightest touch. 

Claudia Scanlon, 19, who lives with EB and is a friend of retiring Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton, urged everyone to support a raffle giving them the chance to claim the treasured top.

The student, from Dublin’s Terenure, has the severe form of the genetic condition, which has left 80% of her body covered in blisters.

Claudia Scanlon, 19, centre, who lives with EB, is urging everyone to support a raffle giving them the chance to win a signed Irish international rugby jersey, in aid of national charity, Debra. She is pictured with her mum Liz and Dave Doyle, Commercial Manager of, which donated the shirt.

“We’re delighted to support Debra and do our bit to amplify the hugely important work this charity does,” said Dave Doyle, Commercial Manager of, which employs over 60 people in the capital and also sponsors grassroots rugby at Tallaght Rugby Club. 

“We are happy to support a wonderful charity which is making a real difference – and are confident Irish supporters will get behind this effort too.”

The jersey comes with an authentication certificate issued by the IRFU.

“We would like to thank for its kind donation – and as our amazing World Cup journey comes to an end, hopefully people will support the draw to get their hands on this very special piece of rugby memorabilia,” said Susan Woodcock of Debra. Tickets, at €5 each, are available at

Picture: Michael Chester

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