herald

Friday 22 September 2017

Tragic Dubs star's father welcomes SOS shirt logo

THE father of a Dublin GAA player who took his own life has welcomed a new initiative that will see the Vodafone logo on Dublin jerseys replaced with a 'Suicide Or Survive' message for the opening league games of the season.

Tomas Mulligan (30) took his own life in August 2007 -- a few hours after Dublin lost to Kerry and failed to qualify for the All Ireland football final that year.

Tomas, who played for Dublin under senior managers Paul Caffrey and Tommy Lyons, was found dead in his Clondalkin home that night.

On the Sunday he had played a match for his club, Round Towers Clondalkin, before going to the semi in Croke Park.

His dad Thomas has welcomed a unique initiative for the first games of the Allianz National Football and Hurling Leagues that will deliver a boost for promotion of mental health issues.

The initiative will see Dublin sponsors Vodafone vacate its jersey sponsorship for SOS in the opening Croke Park Spring Series, which the Herald are media partners, football league clash with Kerry.

The initiative will also be in place for the hurling meeting with Galway for Suicide or Survive (SOS).

This is the first time a jersey logo will have been handed over by a sponsor to a charity for a competitive inter-county match.

The undertaking is being promoted through the Vodafone Ireland Foundation. The SOS charity focuses on breaking down mental health stigmas.

It also supports those affected in getting access to quality recovery services and is one of Vodafone Ireland Foundation's existing charity partners.

Vodafone and Dublin GAA are asking customers across all networks to donate €2 to the SOS charity. Subscribers can make a donation by texting the word 'SOS' to 50300, with the proceeds going to the charity.

"I think this is a great idea. Anything that can raise awareness about suicide and save lives is worthwhile," Thomas Mulligan told the Herald.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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