Sports stars reveal (nearly) all for St Christopher’s this Christmas

Leave no man behind: members of the St Brigid's Killashee football squad pose during the charity calendar photoshoot at the Royal Canal.
The temperatures may be going down for Winter but the men and women of South Longford and across the Roscommon border are made of tougher stuff.

The temperatures may be going down for Winter but the men and women of South Longford and across the Roscommon border are made of tougher stuff.

The bitter November showers and frost have not stopped a group of up to thirty sports stars, a leading county councillor, a broadcaster and one or two prominent local personalities from stripping off and revealing all in a new charity calendar for St Christopher’s Services.

The 2015 Ballyleague Mens Shed calendar will be launched on Saturday week, November 22 at the Richmond Inn in Clondra with revealing pictures of not one - but fourteen members of the St Brigid’s Killashee football squad who posed for charity on the skyline of the glorious Royal Canal.

The St Brigid’s men teamed up with some of the best known names from GAA and sports clubs in Lanesboro, Ballyleague and surrounding areas to help St Christopher’s and the Pieta House West Prevention charity.

“We wanted to do something special for St Christopher’s and suicide prevention,” says Joe Cribbin Chairperson of the Ballyleague/Lanesboro area Men’s Shed, “So we asked 6 clubs to help and they all got into the right spirit and came on board - the results are memorable but we are keeping it all under wraps for another week!”

Male and female footballers from the Rathcline and St Faithleach’s GAA clubs followed the example set by St Brigid’s of Killashee and joined members of Lanesboro Triathlon club, the Men’s Shed itself and others to pose for the calendar in recent weeks.

And in the true spirit shown by Helen Mirren and her colleagues on the big screen, all the athletes put their shyness and modesty aside to help Arva photographer Elaine Cully and her husband Barry McHugh produce what has been described as the best looking calendar on the shelves this Christmas.

The Ballyleague Men’s Shed calendar will cost €10 to buy and will be launched by a fully clothed national personality in the Richmond Inn, Clondra on Saturday week November 22 at 9pm.

For advance orders e mail: ballyleaguemensshed@gmail.com or call to Joe Cribbin at Daybreak shop in Ballyleague at 086 3823780.