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Council to hold jersey fitting day promoting HPV vaccine

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A jersey fitting day is to be held in Clare County Council as part of a bid to promote the HPV vaccine in memory of the late Laura Brennan.

This move comes following a motion from Cllr Paul Murphy (FG) which received the backing of fellow councillors. The Clarecastle representative proposed the Council hold a jersey fitting day encouraging all staff and the wider Clare public to participate. He also requested that they inform other local authorities of the action so that they can follow suit.

Over 5,000 jerseys sporting the HPV vaccine logo have been distributed to places such as San Francisco and Melbourne since the initiative began in June of this year.

Cllr Murphy stated,“The goals of this is to raise awareness of the HPV vaccine in the community and save lives”. Cllr Pat Daly (FF) seconded the motion. “Laura Brennan is a hero in this county god rest her, she has highlighted the HPV vaccine more than anyone else. A jersey day in this Council would be fantastic”.

“Laura was an incredible young woman and will always be remembered,” Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy (FF) commented. Her colleague, Cllr Mark Nestor (FF) added, “I commend Cllr Murphy for bringing this motion forward. I thank the Brennans for the work they have done to date in promoting the HPV vaccine, it has been second to none. The vaccine has been offered to first year boys for the first time ever. It is an emotional topic. May Laura Brennan live among the saints forever more”.

Jerseys will be made available at the cost of €17 at the fitting day which is due to take place at the beginning of November.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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