Art installation in memory of Shane Geoghegan to be removed

Family decide to bring the ‘Pitch for Shane’ to an end as fifth anniversary of his death approaches

An art installation consisting of more than 20,000 clay figures handmade in memory of murdered rugby player Shane Geoghegan is to be removed as the fifth anniversary of his death approaches.

Members of Shane Geoghegan’s family have decided to remove the Pitch for Shane Art Installation which involved members of the public and ceramicists from around the world.

Next Saturday, November 9th, will mark five years since the Garryowen rugby player was murdered in a case of mistaken identity and his family believe now is the time to end the Pitch for Shane as the trial and inquest into his death is over.

Shane’s aunt, Margaret Walsh said the family will use this time to mourn him in private.

“The local, national and international response we received was enormous and I would like to thank all the individuals, groups and organisations who offered a vast amount of help over the last five years,” said Ms Walsh.

A Pitch for Shane consisted of more than 20,000 clay figurines made by the public from all over Ireland together with ceramicists and visitors from around the world.

It was intended to be a fitting tribute, not only to Shane and for all innocent victims of violence, but to the sporting and cultural ethos of Limerick.

A selection of the figurines was on display in the old ACC Bank on O’Connell Street and will soon be removed.

Ms Walsh said the art installation in Shane’s memory helped her and others to cope.

“A Pitch for Shane gave us a focus and gave others an opening to speak about their own loss,” she said.

“We couldn’t have done what we did without the sensitivity of the media and the support of the public. We are taking this time to thank the people of Limerick and everybody who gave us support in any guise, we are very grateful,” she added.