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Public urged to back Age Action’s St Patrick’s Day shamrock campaign

Published 27/01/2014


Age Action today urged the public to “sham-rock” this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations by supporting their “Made with Love” knitted shamrock campaign.

“We need the public to get behind us, by either knitting some of the Age Action shamrock badges or purchasing them when they go on sale,” the charity’s fundraiser Daragh Matthews said.  The response to date has been fantastic with almost 2,000 of the specially knitted badges already produced.

“We are taken aback by how generous our knitters have been with knitters in day care centres, nursing homes, knitting clubs and individual knitters getting involved,” Mr Matthews said, at the launch of the shamrock badge campaign today.

The shamrock badges will go on sale on March 1 and will be available from select retail outlets throughout the country.  Proceeds from the St Patrick’s Day fundraiser will help fund Age Action’s home visitation and DIY service, computer training programme for older people, and information service.

“These important services contributed greatly to the quality of life of thousands of older people who used them last year,” Mr Matthews said.  “We need the public’s support if we are to sustain and expand these services.”

Copies of the shamrock knitting patterns can be downloaded by visiting They can also be ordered by phoning 01-4756989. 

Completed  badges should be sent to Age Action at 30/31 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, by February 25.



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