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Signed Seamus Heaney card to raise money for charities

A signed Christmas card published privately for Seamus Heaney will be going under the hammer later this year to raise money for two worthy charities.

The auction – which will take place during a Masquerade May Ball on Saturday, May 3 in Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown – will raise funds for the Mid Ulster Dementia Support Group, as well as Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

The 'At The Hillhead' Millennium Christmas Card was privately printed by publisher Faber & Faber for Heaney.

The card is signed, rare and in mint condition.

Organisers said the lot is drawing interest from fans and collectors across Ireland and the United States.

Organisers Jacqueline McGonigle and Emma McCann, who both have personal connections to the charities, are hoping to raise £10,000 from the event that will include sale of the Heaney card, as well as other items.

The event begins at 7pm and comperes are TV presenter Rita Fitzgerald and Willie John O'Donnell.

Guests will also be entertained by James Huish and his band along with some surprise performances.

Tickets are limited and can be bought by contacting Jacqueline on 07833 488 553 or Emma on 07731 375 022.

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