A LIFELONG Irish republican and Celtic FC superfan has vowed to wear a Rangers jersey and sing God Save the Queen to raise vital funds for a suicide prevention charity.
Social media star and Cork man Tadhg Hickey, who forms part of the comedy trio CCCahoots has decided that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Since the Pieta House Darkness into Light event was cancelled due to Covid-19 he has taken matters into his own hands in the hope of raising €10,000 for the charity. The service remains open but it can only offer limited face-to-face meetings.
The Sinn Féin supporter said that performing the musical homage to the British monarch while wearing the shirt of Celtic's fiercest rivals has always been his worst nightmare.
Nonetheless, he will do just that if his €10k target for Pieta House is reached online. The performance will take place in his garden to give neighbours in Douglas a lift. It will also be filmed for social media with Tadhg promising to keep the footage online forever.
“My heart goes out to the people that need this service who now can’t meet anyone face to face. Pieta House has been taken away from them and that’s much more serious than a few gigs being cancelled.
"I wanted to do something that would capture imaginations. This was just a stupid and masochistic idea I came up with but f I can pull in €10,000 there will finally be method to my madness.” He praised the creative efforts of others during such a difficult time.
“There are some very beautiful things to have come out of this pandemic. It’s life-affirming. This is our version of war. It’s a war where people are telling us to stay indoors and do our bit. Our Taoiseach has been giving public addresses and reminding us to stay inside. It has added context and put things into perspective for people."
He reminded people that the important thing now is to prioritise physical and mental health.
“I am fairly confident that I can pick up the pieces. Where work is concerned I know I won’t starve.
"For me, the mental health aspect of this, however, was very important. People are thinking of what they can do using their phones and computers to do some good. This might be a very difficult situation but it has brought out the best in everybody. The important thing now is people’s overall health and safety.”
He praised the people of Cork and Ireland who he said are donating in spite of the crisis.
“People have been so generous,” he added.
The Cork man hinted that he may have a surprise in store too.
“I have a trick up my sleeve for the actual performance of the song which might slightly appease the worried or upset Celtic fans reading.”
To check out the video about Tadhg’s campaign online visit www.facebook.com/tadhghickeyCML/posts/1179645702377402.
To make a donation visit www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11384608_tadhg-hickey-s-page.html To keep updated on the video go to Twitter - @Tadhg Hickey Insta: @tadhghickeycml FB: @tadhghickeyCML