Carlow is the latest county as we continue to focus our attention on community projects, charities and causes that have benefitted from the Bank of Ireland 2020 Begin Together Community Fund.

Last year saw communities across the country come together like never before, and Bank of Ireland played a small part by supporting 116 local projects nationally that promote financial, physical, and mental wellbeing.

As part of Leinster Rugby’s charity affiliate programme, a selection of those causes will be highlighted over the month of January, with at least one from each county in Leinster featuring on the Leinster Rugby website and social media platforms.

In Carlow, the Parents’ Association from Coláiste Eoin, a secondary school in Hacketstown, received a grant to support their students’ mental wellbeing.

Having sadly lost a student to suicide last year, the Association wanted to offer talks on mental wellbeing, to bring the students on excursions to support their mental health and to help parents and students to identify the signs of depression in others and learn how to respond.

The funds will be used to organise a series of talks, to cover the cost of transport for activities such as excursions and team-building activities.

Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Community Fund will reopen for applications in the spring and works alongside Begin Together Arts Fund, and Begin Together Fund for Colleagues, as part of Bank of Ireland’s multi-year commitment to support communities and local charities.

Further information about the school and their own work in the community can be found on their website or on their Twitter.

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