Runrig-signed shinty shirt up for auction

Fans have until this Sunday to bid on this Runrig signed shinty shirt.

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Musician and broadcaster Gary Innes is auctioning off the Runrig-signed shirt he wore on stage with the band at their ‘Last Dance’ gigs.

The strip was the one he also wore at Scotland’s last win at Croke Park in 2010 at the shinty/hurling international meet.

Fans have until Sunday to put in their bids and all the money from the auction will go to Scotland youth shinty development.

Gary, who is also the founding member of Mánran, had the honour of joining Scottish icons Runrig as part of their Last Dance finale shows in Stirling  last week to perform as part of their famous shinty song Clash of the Ash.

He was also the front-cover image and poster boy for Runrig’s penultimate album, Everything You See, in 2007 and has joined the band many times since for Clash of the Ash.

When the fireworks closed Saturday night’s gig, Gary asked each of the band  to sign the strip.

‘Performing with the lads as part of the Last Dance on Friday and Saturday night was a complete honour and two of the most special gigs I have ever been part of in my life.

‘It’s thanks to my shinty career that I was chosen to be a small part of Runrig’s journey, so I wanted to give something back to the sport and I thought auctioning off my number nine shirt from our win at Croke Park in 2010 and asking the band to sign it might be a good way of doing that.

‘I have to say I was completely blown away by how popular it’s been so far. It will be brilliant to be able to donate all of the money raised to helping the sport I love continue to develop and grow.’

It was at the 2010 shinty/hurling international meet that Gary suffered a broken nose and cheekbone, thanks to the inimitable swing of one of the Ireland’s all-time best hurling players, Tommy Walsh – winner of nine consecutive all-stars.

The strip went up for auction on Monday and within the first few hours bids had already raised to £600. To get bid details, go to Facebook and search Gary Innes.