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Pop St-Art Louis Walsh starts Christmas shopping early as he supports charity art auction

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Louis Walsh attends the world premiere press night performance of "Nativity: The Musical" at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on December 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Louis Walsh attends the world premiere press night performance of "Nativity: The Musical" at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on December 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Louis Walsh attends the world premiere press night performance of "Nativity: The Musical" at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on December 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Christmas may come early for a host of Irish celebrities including Louis Walsh and Glenda Gilson thanks to a charity online art auction. 

Tonight, the Irish Architects Benevolent Society (IABS) will allow the public (and some famous faces) bid on this collection of Irish art for a special Christmas art auction.

They hope to turn the pandemic into a positive by auctioning off a host of lockdown inspired art for good causes.

The pictures can be viewed online thanks to a virtual pop-up gallery and secret art buff Louis Walsh told the Sunday World that he is looking forward to seeing what is available.

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Louis Walsh has his eye on this Teskey Donald picture.

Louis Walsh has his eye on this Teskey Donald picture.

Louis Walsh has his eye on this Teskey Donald picture.

“This is an opportunity to support Irish artists and Irish charities and maybe pick up a special Christmas present for someone you love,” he said.

“I will definitely be logging on to take a look.”

Motivated by Government Covid-19 guidelines which have restricted other fundraising events the collection will include artworks from the country’s leading artists including Felim Egan, Mary FitzGerald, Martin Gale and Ciaran Lennon.

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This Martin Gale picture is available at auction.

This Martin Gale picture is available at auction.

This Martin Gale picture is available at auction.

The online event will allow many people to attend the virtual auction and share in a wonderful evening celebration of Irish art, while at the same time raising funds for a great cause.

A registered charity formed in 1959, the Irish Architects’ Benevolent Society provides assistance to those in the architectural community, and their families, who suffer hardship or financial distress as a result of crisis, illness or death.

The collection can be viewed online here with the auction commencing from 6.30pm.

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