A Pitch for Shane: Air Atlanta staff pay tribute to their former colleague

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

SHANE Geoghegan’s former colleagues in the aircraft maintenance operation, Air Atlanta, participated with gusto in the ongoing ‘Pitch for Shane’ art installation being run by the slain rugby player’s aunt.

SHANE Geoghegan’s former colleagues in the aircraft maintenance operation, Air Atlanta, participated with gusto in the ongoing ‘Pitch for Shane’ art installation being run by the slain rugby player’s aunt.

Artist Margaret Walsh aims to create 10,000 terracotta figures to commemorate the third anniversary of Shane’s death in November, and recently paid a visit to her nephew’s former workplace, where his colleagues and managers all participated, making statues for the project.

“It was so lovely, the people whose line Shane was on got really involved, his former managers, everyone. They were delighted and totally took to it and told lots of stories and their memories of Shane, it was lovely,” explained Margaret.

Margaret has set-up stands at the Limerick Show, Pig N’ Porter and Milford Harvest Fair and has visited schools and businesses around Limerick and further afield since she launched the project. Last week she appeared on RTE radio, where Dave Fanning made a sculpture live on air. Mrs Walsh wants as many people as possible to participate in the project, the end result which will take the form of a large scale exhibition in Istabraq Hall in November.

“This gives people an opportunity to make their mark and be part of the healing process. What happened to Shane could happen to anyone and people have a chance to be a part of this.”

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