THE family of murdered rugby player Shane Geoghegan have announced that the trust founded in his name is to ‘cease operations’.
The announcement was timed to coordinate with the fourth anniversary of the Limerick man’s death this Friday, November 9.
Shane’s mother Mary said that his family were “extremely grateful to the people of Limerick for their unstinting support for the work of the Trust”.
“We know they will continue to support the work with Limerick’s children as generously as ever through other charities,” she added.
The Trust was founded three years ago, on the first anniversary of the Garryowen rugby player’s death, to work with children through community projects, and saw its reach spread as far as Sunderland and Irish soccer international Niall Quinn, who brought the Premier League team to Thomond Park for a friendly to raise funds for it.
The Trust worked with hundreds of children through the innovative Street Games project in Kilteragh, Moyross and Ballinacurra, in conjunction with the Limerick City Sports’ Partnership.
The Trust also recently donated €10,000 to the Southside Boxing Academy.
William McGonagle, board chairman, said: “We are very proud of what the Trust has accomplished”.
“Shane’s family’s and close friends’ involvement in the Trust was to ensure a positive memory of Shane, because of the danger that he might be remembered only by the manner of his dying. They believe the success of its work indicates it’s now time to wind up its affairs.”
The Trust will distribute remaining funds through local charities with similar aims to its own, as well as local schools in Limerick.
Anthony Geoghegan said memorials such as Garryowen’s gesture of retiring the number three jersey his brother wore, the annual rugby and pitch and putt tournaments established in his name, would “ensure Shane’s life as he lived it will be remembered and his memory passed on fondly by his friends”.
The Trust also urged all of its supporters to continue to give to charity, if they can do so.