An aerial shot of South Liberties GAA club Academy players.
An aerial shot of South Liberties GAA club Academy players. 

South Liberties want you to 'Be kind to your mind and #PuckItOutThere'

By John Harrington

South Liberties GAA club in Limerick are asking you to ‘Be kind to your mind and puck it out there’, this May Bank Holiday weekend.

That’s the tagline for a fundraising campaign that will raise valuable money for the mental health charity Jigsaw as well as help redevelopment work of the club’s grounds.

In the last number of days a video-message campaign to promote the fundraiser has gathered more and more momentum online and over the weekend big numbers are expected to walk, run or cycle 5k to raise funds.

"The idea came from Cronan Garry, one of our underage academy committe members,” says South Liberties PRO, Aideen Fitzpatrick.

“He rang me three weeks ago with the idea of doing something for mental health because obviously it's been a tough time with Covid and kids haven't been able to get out and play and it's not good for them to be at home.

"I already had it in my head that we'd try to do a fundraiser because we've a lot of work going on at our pitch at the moment. So we decided to incorporate both ideas together.

"Then Cronan had the idea that some of our senior panel would send out some video messages and we've uploaded a lot of those now.

"Barry Nash from the Limerick senior hurling panel gave us one as did Brian Ryan who is also a Limerick panelist.

"We've also done a video with Eamon Grimes who captained Limerick in 1973 and then we got his brothers to do the same so that's gotten huge publicity during the week. The Nash family will be sending in a video too - Declan and Mick obviously both hurled for Limerick too.

"We've also got videos coming in to us from all over the world from ex-South Liberties club members, Chicago, Boston, Dubai, Australia, and Germany.

“We're really getting the message out there to 'Be kind to your mind and puck it out there'. It's created a great buzz around the parish and community especially with our underage academy going back to the pitch tomorrow might."

Jigsaw offer expert mental health advice and support, online and in person, to young people across Ireland aged 12-25 years-old.

You can donate to fundraiser here - HERE