An Cumann Gaelach to join DU Amnesty and the VDP in Jailbreak line-up this year

The famous invarsity rat race in aid of charity shall now be expecting contestants to try out the cúpla focail


Trinity VDP, DU Amnesty and Cumann Gaelach TCD today announced that An Cumann Gaelach are to partner with both of the campus charities for next March’s Jailbreak event.

Áine Haberlin, Reachtaire of An Cumann Gaelach spoke passionately about the announcement.

“An Cumann Gaelach are excited to embark on this adventure with two societies like SVP and Amnesty.” Haberlin pointed out that their main focus in the project is to “promote the Irish language and culture, not only in Ireland but further afield.”

She went on to voice that “if An Cumann Gaelach can help raise funds for these two worthy charities and, in the process increase exposure of the Irish language, then we will be ar mhuin na muice!”

President of Trinity VDP, Sam MacMahon also expressed delight at the news.

“Having An Cumann Gaelach on board this year, will undoubtedly bring a new dynamic and energy to Jailbreak.”

Chair of DU Amnesty, Sadhbh Sheeran agreed with Sam and added that “(she) will also be placing a request for them to improve (her) Irish!”

Benn Ó hÓgáin, Treasurer to An Cumann Gaelach, has filled the role as An Cumann’s Jailbreak director.

“We’re excited to bring our unique cultural focus to Jailbreak, and are looking forward to working with our charity partners to create a fun, engaging event for all”, revealed Benn.

The first of the Jailbreak info nights will take place on November 3rd in Trinity College, Dublin. Further such events are planned for colleges around the country, with dates to be announced at a later stage.  

Jailbreak is Ireland’s largest student-run charity challenge. All funds raised are split equally between Amnesty International Ireland and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Originating in Trinity College Dublin, Jailbreak has now expanded to a number of third level institutions across the country. Over the past five years, it has raised €150,000 for the two partner charities, €50,000 of which was raised last year alone.

Una Harty

Úna is a third year Nanoscience student and Trinity Life editor for Trinity News.