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'Talk to people in the room': Galway ladies are bringing back the old-school Nokia phones

The Tribeswomen are handing in their smartphones for the month of June to raise money for Pieta House.

THE GALWAY LADIES football panel are giving up their smartphones for the month of June to raise money for charity.

The ladies hope to raise €10,000 for Pieta House West which provides a free service to anyone effected by suicide or deliberate self harm.

They are hoping this will encourage people to talk to each other and realise the link between the overuse of social media and depression.

“There’s a lot of trolling going on in people’s company in general I think with young people these days. They’re not really living in the moment” Galway captain Edel Concannon said.

“It’s to encourage those to leave down their phones and maybe talk to people in the room.

“We are trying to highlight the link between over-use of social media and issues such as depression.

“We realise that it’s going to be tough for the younger girls (to hand in their phones) because it’s part of their life.”

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In place of their smartphones, they will receive a Nokia style call and text only phone.

You can donate at and watch the video by Jerome Quinn below.

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If you need to talk, contact:

  • Samaritans 116 123 or email
  • Console 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)
  • Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)
  • Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email – (suicide, self-harm)
  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)
  • Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)

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