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Horgan takes pledge to Grow It Yourself

Declan O'Brien

Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00

Leinster and Ireland back Shane Horgan will go green-fingered for a year after signing up to the Facebook campaign encouraging people to grow their own food
Leinster and Ireland back Shane Horgan will go green-fingered for a year after signing up to the Facebook campaign encouraging people to grow their own food

It's a long way from playing the mud lark on the world's rugby fields to digging spuds in the back garden, but that is exactly what Leinster rugby great Shane Horgan aims to do.

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Irish centre and winger Horgan has taken a pledge to grow his own food this year as part of a viral Facebook phenomenon.

Known as the GIY [Grow it Yourself] pledge, it aims to make homegrown food the norm. GIY wants to get 100,000 people worldwide to take the pledge - an online personal commitment to grow something they can eat -- and Horgan was among the first to take the pledge.

"The idea behind GIY is to inspire young people, and all people across the country, to grow their own food and give them the facilities and back-up that will allow them to come together as a community and grow more food for themselves," said Horgan, whose father runs a farm near Bellewstown, Co Meath.

"I'm not great in the garden so I can't believe just how easy and cost effective it is to grow your own food," he said.

"The team at GIY has shown me that it really doesn't matter how much room you have out back, there's loads of tricks for making the most out of the space you have, such as growing spuds in a container, something I have never even thought of!"

GIY week, which began on Saturday, is GIY's first major outreach event of the year.

The event is timed to coincide with the start of this year's growing season and aims to encourage people who have never grown anything at all to pledge to stick a seed in the ground.

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For more information, visit www.giyireland.com.

To take the GIY Pledge, visit www.facebook.com/giyireland.

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