Lucky Cap helps Mayo Captain keep his cool

A special hand knitted Mayo Cap and Tea Cosy was presented to Mayo GAA Captain Keith Higgins by Anne Lynch from Console the suicide awareness charity on the eve of the teams heroic come back draw with Dublin in the Semi Final of the All Ireland Championship.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented "I don't know what the knitters are putting in their Mayo caps and Tea Cosy but it certainly seems to be their lucky mascot. I think the cap helped keep Keith from loosing his cool during the match, I'm not sure if they used the Mayo tea cosy at half time but they were certainly a changed team in the second half of the match and worthy winners of a replay."

The cap and Tea Cosy was knitted by retired Foxford teacher Breda Holleran(Dempsey) as part of the cosy up to Console campaign which invites people to display their knitting talents by creating their own tea cosy or cap for Console in order to raise awareness and start conversations about suicide all across Ireland.

It is hoped to sell Console tea cosies as gifts for Christmas, so as well as raising awareness of suicide in knitting circles across Ireland, it will raise funds for the organisation to support the vital support services that Console provide to people in crisis or affected by suicide.

The launch the Cosy Up To Console campaign took place in Swinford, Co Mayo on the 29th May and we were delighted to have the support of Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, and the Taoiseach’s wife Fionnuala Kenny. The charity also had a stall at the Swinford Siamsa Sraide Festival in August where Mayo Manchester Tradfest Sean Nos dancers Tommy Stenson and Laura Ganley added their support for the campaign.

The Mayo Tea Cosy and cap can be ordered direct by contacting 00353 86 8934068.

Console is asking mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends to get the nation talking about issues surrounding suicide.

Creating an open and safe space for people to talk about the issues surrounding suicide can really help to make a positive difference to the lives of those affected by suicide, and hopefully encourage those who may be suffering in silence to speak up about difficulties they might be experiencing.

Psychotherapist Anne Lynch and manager of the Console Centre in Swinford came up with the idea for the campaign. “We have got to get people talking about suicide and what can be done to help those who may be in crisis, a chat over a cuppa is a good way to start that conversation,” said Ms Lynch, who decided to combine knitting sessions with tea and talks.

It’s a great campaign and we encourage you all to get involved!

If you need some inspiration, log on to our Facebook page and see some of the beautiful creations that we have already received. Your participation can really help raise awareness and help communities in Ireland open up and start talking about suicide.