RTÉ 2fm’s Ryan Tubridy donned an auctioneer’s hat and took up a gavel today to auction off his bovine namesake, 'Tubridy the Calf’, at Dungarvan Cattle Mart, Co. Waterford.

The sale of the Tubridy the Calf to the winning bidder, John ‘The Bull’ Hayes, fetched a whopping €5,500.

The total amount raised from the auction reached in excess of €40,000, with all proceeds going to Youghal Cancer Support Group.

Speaking about the auction, Tubridy said: “I had bonded with my namesake ‘Tubridy the Calf’ over recent weeks but, you know what they say: ‘If you love something, set it free’! In all seriousness, though, I’m delighted that the sale of the calf and the other animals at the auction has raised these much-needed funds for Youghal Cancer Support Group.

"We’ve had great fun here today in Dungarvan and it’s wonderful to see the community pulling together and turning out in their droves for such a deserving cause.”

Tubridy the Calf was auctioned for €5,500 at Dungarvan Cattle Mart, Co. Waterford

Other animals auctioned at the charity cattle auction included calves named after, and auctioned off personally by, RTÉ One’s Today presenter Maura Derrane, RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue and John Kenny from D'unbelievables amongst others.