A PROJECT conceived on the second anniversary of Shane Geoghegan’s murder has come to stunning fruition on his third anniversary this Wednesday as the ‘Pitch for Shane’ installation was unveiled in Limerick City Hall.
Three years to the day since Geoghegan was gunned down in a case of mistaken identity, his family came together to unveil what is in effect a colossal work of art, possibly one of the single largest art exhibitions in the country.
The installation, driven by Shane’s aunt Margaret Walsh, numbers 21,000 terracotta figures assembled to create a “metaphorical pitch” in honour of the slain rugby player in Istabraq Hall.
Included among the figures are rugby players - most notably ‘Front Row’ created by Shane’s brother Anthony and featuring himself, Shane and cousin Garret Walsh, Margaret’s son, packing down in a scrum - Where’s Wally characters, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Tetley Tea character, Buddhist symbols and Slash, the guitarist from Guns N’ Roses, also created by Anthony.
Shane’s brother, who was also instrumental in bringing the project to fruition along with his aunt, smiled at the sight of his Slash figurine, explaining that Guns N’ Roses were Shane’s favourite band. As the exhibition was opened to the public this Wednesday evening, local band the Funk Junkies played the band’s signature tune, November Rain, which was also played in St Joseph’s Church on the day of Shane’s funeral in 2008.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of the Limerick Leader, dated November 12, 2011