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Granny gets first tattoo at 85 for suicide prevention drive

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An 85-year-old Granny signed up for her very tattoo this week to bring focus to an important cause.

Rita Fitzpatrick was the first in line at an an annual tattoo drive to fundraise for mental health services, even though she had never considered getting a tattoo before.

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Rita, her daughter Sam Donohoe (52), and her granddaughter Hazel Donohoe (16), were eager to raise awareness about the charity’s upcoming tattoo drive.

Three generations of women joined together to get the simple love-heart design applied and to celebrate Rita’s 85th birthday.

The Tattoo-Drive is the brainchild of the JC Foundation, which was set up in response after John Connolly (the founder of The Ink Factory) died by suicide. at the age of 33.

A team of fifteen volunteer tattoo artists will tattoo the simple design, in return for a €50 donation to the foundation.

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The organisers hope that the drive will raise €20,000 to fund 365 free therapy sessions for young adults.

This year’s tattoo drive will take place on Saturday 2nd October at The Ink Factory on 15 Wellington Quay and at 19 Parliament Street, in Dublin’s Temple Bar.




Rita was excited to kick off the major tattoo drive even though she had never considered getting a tattoo before.

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She told Dublin Live that she felt she had to get behind such an important cause.

She said; “I never would have contemplated it before in my life.

“There would be those that would say I’m going mad in my old age! It’s for a good cause and that’s why I said yeah, sure why not I’ll go for it.”

The Wicklow woman feels that it is now more important than ever to have sufficient mental health supports available after months of lockdown.

And Rita was delighted to be able to create a special memory with her daughter and granddaughter.

She said: “It was something that we could do together, three generations of us, because mental health problems don’t know any age barriers.

“It was lovely actually. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but it was an unforgettable day.”

The 85-year-old said that she was understandably nervous about her first tattoo.

She revealed: “I was a wee bit apprehensive.

“But it’s nothing for goodness sake. It’s more of a tingle.”

Rita lives an extremely busy life and was excited to show her friends in her crafts group her new tattoo.

She is now encouraging others to bite the bullet and get a tattoo for the important cause.

The money raised during the event will go directly towards delivering free therapy sessions for those that can’t afford them.

The foundation partner’s PIERCED will also be donating a percentage of piercing charges on the day.

Those wishing to follow Ruth’s lead and get involved should visit the Ink Factory’s Facebook or Instagram page.

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