Irish squad raise awareness of breast cancer research

By Aideen O'Flaherty

THE Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team – which is captained by Tallaght woman Katie McCabe – recently took time to raise awareness for breast cancer research by sporting charity facemasks.

The Breast Cancer Ireland pink barrier facemasks are available now, with all proceeds going to supporting breast cancer research and raising awareness this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Katie McCabe wearing a breast cancer research charity mask

The Ireland squad wore the masks recently to support the cause, as one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and 30 per cent of those are between the ages of 20 and 50.

Ireland captain Katie McCabe, from Kilnamanagh, said: “It’s really important to raise as much awareness as possible about breast cancer because it is something that affects so many women around the world and has a huge impact on families.

“Research, education and awareness are all key to tackling breast cancer, so on behalf of the Ireland Women’s National Team I’d like to encourage women from the age of 20 upwards to download the Breast Aware app and learn about the eight signs and symptoms.”

Aisling Hurley, CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to partner with the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

“Women supporting and empowering others to be more breast aware is critical if we are going to change the landscape of this disease into the future.

“Knowing what is normal today, should an abnormality arise, is important in ensuring a more positive treatment outcome.”

To find out more about the signs and symptoms, and details on how to download the Breast Aware app, visit, where the reusable charity masks, which cost €10 for a pack of three, can also be purchased.

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