Call for suggestions on future of a Pitch for Shane exhibition

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

THE popular Pitch for Shane exhibition will remain in City Hall until the end of January.

THE popular Pitch for Shane exhibition will remain in City Hall until the end of January.

But after that, it will be without a permanent home - and Mayor Jim Long is calling for suggestions from the public on what should be done with the exhibition.

More than 21,000 figurines were unveiled at City Hall on the third anniversary of the brutal shooting of the Dooradoyle rugby player.

The installation, driven by Shane’s aunt Margaret Walsh, contains the terracotta figures, assembled to create a ‘metaphorical pitch’ in honour of the slain rugby player.

Among the figures are rugby players - notably ‘Front Tow’ created by Shane’s; brother Anthony, featuring himself, Shane and cousin Garrett Walsh.

Many luminaries have contribute, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Munster’s Paul O’Connell.

But with a change in the exhibition at the end of January, these figurines will go into hiding - unless someone the city intervenes, says the Mayor.

“It is not acceptable to me that this exhibition be broken up and put behind closed doors,” he said.

Among the suggestions he has received from members of the public is that the terracotta figurines be broken up into groups of five, with proceeds going to the Shane Geoghegan Trust.

This charity aims to offer children a range of community-based sporting and creative activities.

However, he first said that he wants the public to come and take a look at the exhibition in the remaining days of the exhibition.

“I would like to encourage people to come and take a look, and see enormity of what there is there,” he said.

And he is appealing to centres across the city to approach him in a bid to house the art work. For more information, contact the Mayor’s office at 061-4067100.