MAYOR of Limerick Maria Byrne joined members of slain rugby player Shane Geoghegan’s family to launch the ‘Pitch for Shane’ art installation, which is to commemorate the third anniversary of his death in November.
No fewer than 10,000 four to six inch terracotta figures - 4,000 of which have already been completed - are to be made and assembled into a ‘metaphorical pitch’ in memory of the former rugby player who was murdered.
The project is being led by Margaret Walsh, Shane’s aunt and a ceramicist, who said the project would be a “fitting way to keep Shane’s memory and to help all innocent victims of violence” and called for the public to support it.
“This will be inclusive of everyone, and it is creative - qualities Shane had in abundance,” said Margaret, who has already seen well-known artists and Taoiseach Enda Kenny model a clay statue for the project.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader at the launch, Mary Geoghegan said she was “delighted with his unique memorial”.
“The Pitch for Shane, developing in his name, is a way for everyone to be involved and show their solidarity,” she said, while watched by her son Anthony, Shane’s brother.
Ms Walsh said the aim was to get the figures ready for display on November 9, to commemorate the third anniversary of Shane’s death. “We are calling from people everywhere to support this. It is a pitch for peace, a pitch for Shane and it is a pitch for all of those touched by violence.”
Members of the public can make clay figures at this weekend’s Riverfest, from Friday to Sunday, in the Milk Market. A stand will also be located in the market every Saturday.