Ireland’s top rugby player, Joe McCarthy backs a lot of socks in 2024

Joe McCarthy, a professional rugby player, is supporting Down Syndrome Ireland’s World Down Syndrome Day campaign with “Lots of Socks.”

Alongside brothers Andrew and Paddy, the breakthrough star of the current Six Nations championship, the lock for Leinster and Ireland, helped launch the campaign with a photo session in Dublin.

On World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st), the campaign asks businesses, educational institutions, and the general public to wear their brightest socks in support of those who live with Down syndrome.
After Ireland’s opening Six Nations encounter in Marseille, Joe gave his Down syndromed teammate Andrew his player-of-the-match medal, winning the hearts of the public.

Ireland lock Joe McCarthy said: “I’m delighted to support the Lots of Socks campaign, especially with Andrew and Paddy alongside me. I love the national reach of the campaign. It can be schools, workplaces, wherever, it’s such a simple thing, to host a coffee morning, lash on some colourful socks if you can, and raise money for a brilliant cause. It doesn’t need a huge amount of organising, and it gives people with Down syndrome a day in the sun, which they thoroughly deserve”.

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, observed globally. “End the Stereotypes” is the worldwide theme of this year’s festivities, which calls for respect and equal opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome everywhere.


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