Donegal sporting stars get behind Paul Holian and his family

Large crowd expected for tonight's event in Letterkenny

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Donegal sporting stars get behind Paul Holian and his family

Paul Holian and Jason Quigley

Donegal's sporting stars are giving their backing to A Night With The Stars at the Clanree Hotel tonight (Friday) – all to help a local man who has given so much to his community.

Paul, (39), from Ballyare, was badly injured in a freak accident this summer and has been in hospital ever since.

Paul is known throughout the country through his love of horses and horse-racing and that community and his local community in Donegal have been busy fund-raising as they help Paul and his family on the long road to recovery.

Top local jockey Martin Harley, world-class boxing champion Jason Quigely and Donegal captain Michael Murphy have all urged the people of Donegal to get behind this Friday evening’s event when a range of superb prizes will be on offer.

The last three winners of the Donegal International Rally will also be in attendance.

Martin Harley has donated a pair of breeches signed by Frankie Dettori after a big win last weekend as well as a pair of his own breeches signed by 35 of the world’s top jockeys.

Martin, based in Newmarket in England but originally from Trentagh, has known Paul for years.

Martin said: “I was in shock when I heard about Paul’s accident. They say bad things can happen to good people and I can tell you Paul is one of the good people.

“He’s just one of the great people in life and everyone who knows Paul knows that about him.

“I would ask the people of Donegal to get behind this event at the Clanree, go along, buy a raffle ticket or compete at the auction for some fabulous prizes.

“It is going to be a very special night raising funds for one of our own.”

Donegal captain Michael Murphy said: “I am delighted to be able to support this fundraising effort for Paul. He and his family deserve our support so I would ask everyone to try to get along to the Clanree on Friday and help Paul.”

Jason Quigley visited Paul in hospital and spent almost an hour with him.

Jason said: “Paul is a real gentleman and it was a pleasure to meet him. I would ask everyone who can be there at the Clanree to get along and support this worthy local cause. I know the people of Donegal will show their true colours this Friday.”

Rally winners Gary Jennings, Manus Kelly and Declan Boyle will all be at the event which starts at 9pm with headline act The Ryan Turner Band among an incredible music line-up which also includes Paul McCahill, Gary McEvoy, Anne Biddie, John Dolab and Eldorado. Entry fee is just €10. The entire event is being supported by the Donegal Motor Club which has close links with the Holian family.

Wonderful raffle and auction prizes on the night include:

· A holiday to Dubai

· Jason Quigley boxing gloves

· A whip from jockey legend AP McCoy

· Martin Harley’s signed breeches

· Frankie Dettori signed breeches

· Signed Donegal jersey

· A trip to see the mighty Glasgow Celtic

· A trip to any Premiership team of your choice

· 1 year family gym membership