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Something special is happening this Father’s Day, Sunday June 19th

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Something special is happening this Father’s Day, Sunday June 19th

By 6th June 2022No Comments

The volunteer-run movement, Jumpers for Goalposts (J4G), is joining with charity organisation Mental Health Ireland for the first national Jumpers for Goalposts day of events.

Matches are taking place in four locations around Ireland: Ballybrack, Letterkenny, Galway and Limerick on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 19 next.

Established in 2019, Jumpers For Goalposts encourages men of different ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and abilities to come together for an old-fashioned game of football using ‘jumpers for goalposts’. The idea is the brainchild of Dublin-based mental health activist, Keith Kelly. 

Keith set up a casual Sunday morning game of football in his native Ballybrack, in a bid to recreate experiences from his youth when large groups would throw down their jumpers to make goal posts and spend the day playing football together. 

The movement grew fast. Men of all ages responded to the call to come together, have a laugh and enjoy a bit of fresh air and community spirit, without taking themselves too seriously. The main thing was keeping it light-hearted, inclusive, non-competitive, and enjoyable for all. 

As part of efforts to get back out and about after lockdown restrictions, Jumpers for Goalposts has come together with Mental Health Ireland. By joining forces, Mental Health Ireland hopes to reach an audience of mainly, but not exclusively, men who might otherwise have been missed.  

Martin Rogan, CEO of Mental Health Ireland, explained: “In the area of mental health, it’s a conversation people are having much more comfortably now. Except one of the audiences, we haven’t been able to reach easily is men. 

The essence of good mental health is enjoying yourself, being out with a few mates, having good fun – not too complicated, not too heavy. And Jumpers for Goalposts is ideal for that”.   

On Father’s Day, Sunday June 19th, Jumpers for Goalposts and Mental Health Ireland is asking you to drop in to your nearest J4G game and reconnect with others and your youth. It is open to anyone and everyone – all are welcome. 

Games are scheduled to take place at 11am at: 

Ballybrack, Co. Dublin – Kilbogget Park (Ashlawn Park/Wyattville Road End). 

Letterkenny Town Park, Ballyboe Glencar, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal  

Mervue UTD. Football Grounds, Quinn Place, Mervue, Galway 

People’s Park, Limerick 

If you are interested in participating in or organising a game of Jumpers for Goalposts on June 19th or finding out more please email or visit our website

You can find out more about Mental Health Ireland by visiting

For more information go to 

 To find out about local mental health resources and supports click HERE.
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