'Opt for life' logo likely for Dublin jersey

'Opt for life' logo likely for Dublin jersey

Dublin GAA Chairman Andy Kettle has confirmed that approaches have been made to the Metropolitans to have the 'Opt for Life' charity logo on their jerseys during the Championships this summer.

Former Derry footballer Joe Brolly, who spearheads the organ donation charity, has talked to Dublin GAA chiefs about having the logo emblazoned on their shirts in a bid to increase awareness.

The Dublin senior footballers and hurlers have already gone down a similar route this summer - they will carry the 'Pieta House' logo on their jerseys instead of sponsors Vodafone for their respective Leinster Championship openers in the coming weeks.

Derry will carry the 'Opt for Life' logo on the back of their shirts for their Ulster Championship clash with Down, while Carlow hurlers and footballers have already carried the slogan, 'Suicide Aware - Living is Winning', for their opening Championship fixtures.

"There has been a request from 'Opt for Life' to Dublin to look at the same thing and putting their logo on the back of our jerseys," Kettle said at the launch of Dublin GAA's player pathway programme, 'Planning for Success - Young Player Pathway', yesterday.

However, Kettle revealed that it is out of Dublin GAA's hands to carry the 'Opt for Life' logo as the sole ownership of the jersey 'space' has been handed to Vodafone.

"It is not within Dublin's gift to do it, it is within Vodafone's gift to do it. Vodafone effectively own the Dublin jersey for this season.

"We have talked to Vodafone about it and they will make a decision over the next week or two. It's a very, very worthwhile charity.

"An organ donation awareness campaign would be very dear to the heart in particular of Dr. David Hickey in the Dublin backroom team, who is one of the country's most eminent transplant surgeons."


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