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'I heard this guy say 'Good man, Brady. Up Mayo.' And I turned over across the street and it was a homeless man'

Former Mayo footballer David Brady was one of the organisers of the Gaelic Voices for Change #SolidaritySleepout at the weekend.

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AFTER ORGANISING A sleep-out of over 400 past and present inter-county GAA players, the Gaelic Voices for Change group is calling on more inter-county players to get involved in the fight against homelessness.

The #SolidaritySleepout, which took place on Saturday night, has raised almost €200,000 in online donations to help combat the crisis so far, and the organisation hopes that by getting GAA players involved, that their collective voices can instigate change.

Speaking to The42 at the Dublin branch of the event former Mayo midfielder David Brady spoke of his reasons for getting involved in the sleep-out, having run into a homeless man in Dublin from his own hometown.

“We had one thing in common, and that was GAA. We didn’t talk why, or how, or how hard his life was, we talked GAA.”

The players at the Dublin event were outside the GPO from 6pm to 6am on Sunday morning, and earlier in the evening were joined by homeless campaigners Fr Peter McVerry and Erica Home, along with music from Róisín O and Wild Youth.

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You can find out more about Gaelic Voices for Change or donate here. 

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