Connacht Rugby Team host “Shave Down” for Movember 2019

Members of the Connacht Rugby team including captain Jarrad Butler hosted a ‘Shave Down’ at Galway’s Fat Tony’s Barber Shop to mark the launch of Movember 2019, which kicks off this Friday, November 1st and lasts the rest of the month. Returning with its annual month-long fundraiser, Movember aims to raise awareness and start the conversation around men’s health. Whether growing a moustache, partaking in a MOVE 60km+ walk or run challenge or hosting an event, there are many ways for Irish Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to get involved and help fight against prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male suicide.

Now in its 11th year, Movember is the biggest funder of prostate cancer in Ireland, with over 100k Irish supporters, 30+ Irish programmes funded and over €10m raised to date. Prostate Cancer is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Irish men with over 3,400 new cases each year, while testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men (15 – 35 years). Moreover, 60 men are lost to suicide each hour, every hour around the world. Movember is on a mission to reduce the number of lives lost to suicide and cancer by encouraging Irish men to take ownership of their health and open-up about mental or physical issues they may be facing.

Speaking about Movember 2019, Director of Movember Ireland Jack O’Connor said ‘When we look at the stats, it becomes clear that there is a men’s health crisis. Men are dying too young, this is largely because we don’t talk enough when we are not doing so good and we don’t act when there is a problem. Too many of us suffer in silence and seek help too late. There is a lot that needs to be done, but by talking about it, by encouraging our friends to take action for their health and supporting them, we can help keep the men we love alive to live happier, healthier, longer lives. ’

Adding to this, Mark Mellet of the Irish Cancer Society said“Together with our supporters and Movember, the Irish Cancer society is determined to improve the lives of the many fathers, grandfathers, brothers and sons experiencing prostate and testicular cancer in Ireland and change the face of men’s health by stopping men dying too young. Our partnership with Movember is something that gives us great pride.”

Mo Bros who are planning to join in with Movember should sign up at and start with a cleanly shaven face on Friday 1stNovember – fundraisers can opt-in to a Shave Down – challenge a group of friends to shave-off facial hair to get the month started and start the conversation about men’s health. Other ways to get involved include tag rugby tournaments, pub quizzes, hiking trails plus lots more. For a full list of events taking place around the Connacht region visit