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Enda Kenny lends his support - and shows his delight - for daring new Macra calendar

Geraldine Gittens

Published 23/09/2015 | 12:15

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Marita Kelly is one of the models in the Macra Na Feirme calendar 2015/2016 in aid of positive mental health at the 2015 National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, County Laois. Photo: Mark Condren
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Marita Kelly is one of the models in the Macra Na Feirme calendar 2015/2016 in aid of positive mental health at the 2015 National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, County Laois. Photo: Mark Condren

Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed his delight when presented with a daring new calendar, created in aid of mental health, at the Ploughing Championships today.

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Glamorous Marita Kelly from Waterford says she was happy to step outside her comfort zone for the tongue-in-cheek calendar, once it helps to raise awareness about mental health issues.

“Obviously at the start you think oh, God. But there isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t been affected by suicide,” she told independent.ie.

“Obviously stockings and suspenders are not my everyday attire but the main thing is that we got people talking about the cause because it’s scary to talk about it.”

“One of my good friends who is male, suffers from depression, and he would be one of the boys – one of the lads’ lads.”

“He was very supportive, and my family and friends are the first people I go to about everything.

Created in partnership with St Patrick's Mental Health Service's 'Walk In My Shoes' campaign, the limited-edition calendar is on sale at the Macra stand of the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, this week.

Enda Kenny dropped by the Macra stand this morning, and Marita said he was “very supportive” of the good cause.

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“The main thing was that we all enjoyed it,” she said.

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