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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Saints' Pieta House partnership

St Patrick’s Athletic players Conan Byrne, Darragh Markey and captain Ian Bermingham, pictured at the launch of the club’s partnership with Pieta House at Richmond Park, Inchicore yesterday.
St Patrick’s Athletic players Conan Byrne, Darragh Markey and captain Ian Bermingham, pictured at the launch of the club’s partnership with Pieta House at Richmond Park, Inchicore yesterday.

St Patrick's Athletic have announced a new partnership with Pieta House which will see the charity's logo feature on the Saints' home and away jerseys for the remainder of the current season.

The new partnership will also see Pieta House work to provide counselling and lifestyle workshops to all the club's sides including U15, U17 and U19 level.

Commenting on the unique link-up between both parties, St Patrick's Athletic chairman Garrett Kelleher said: "All at St Patrick's Athletic hope that this partnership between Pieta House and ourselves will serve to further the tremendous work Pieta House does in both our local community and nationally."

Pieta House CEO Brian J Higgins said: "We are very grateful to St Pat's for choosing to support Pieta House by displaying our logo on their jerseys.

"Partnerships of this kind are essential to raise awareness of suicide and self-harm in our communities, and to make our vision - a world where suicide, self-harm, and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance - a reality.

"It is so important to have male role models promoting wellness - physical, mental, and emotional - and challenging accepted masculine norms that place so much pressure on our men.

"In football, teamwork is everything, and the strength of the team is in its support of each individual.

"These jerseys illustrate how that support carries on off the pitch, and have the potential to bring some very important conversations out into the open."

St Pat's manager Liam Buckley was also full of praise for the work of Pieta House and applauded the idea of providing a counselling service the Saints players at all levels.

"Everyone knows the great work that Pieta House do in raising awareness around talking about mental health, so to have their staff work with our underage teams is a real boost," he said.

The new Saints kit and link-up with Pieta House will be celebrated at the next home SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash with Bray Wanderers this Friday at Richmond Park, Inchicore.

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