Jailbreak 2020 director is from Mullingar

A co-director of the largest student fundraiser in the country, Jailbreak 2020, is from Mullingar.

She is Clíodhna Caffrey (above), who is studying at Trinity College Dublin.


Students from colleges all over Ireland race across Europe in teams of two, without spending any of their own money on travel costs.

Jailbreak has raised some €350,000 for St Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International since it began in 2013, including more than €70,000 last year.

Jailbreak is also involved in the promotion of the Irish language as some teams compete in the competition completely as Gaeilge!

This year Clíodhna is the director for An Cumann Gaelach, which means she is in charge of all things Irish for the competition.

Clíodhna is a former student of Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn and Loreto College Mullingar and she runs the Irish youth clubs at Áras an Mhuilinn every week.

College Students Set Off on Mystery Overseas Adventure for Charity

• What: Jailbreak is Ireland’s largest student-run fundraiser, for St Vincent De Paul and Amnesty International Ireland.

• When and where: Launch is at 9am on Saturday February 22 at Dublin Castle.

• Who: Trinity students and Jailbreak directors, Étáin Sweeney, Eada Hogan, and Clíodhna Nic Gafraidh and students from colleges across Ireland; Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland; Kieran Stafford, national president of St Vincent de Paul Ireland.

During Jailbreak, teams of two have 36 hours to escape the starting point in Dublin Castle and race toward ‘Location X’, which is revealed through clues released over the course of the competition.

However, there’s a catch!

Teams cannot spend any of their own money to reach the destination.

Over the years, teams have returned with great stories to tell about their bizarre Jailbreak adventures.

Last year, one team broke into a zoo in Slovakia, convinced that it was Location X!

In 2017, a team dressed as a pair of newlyweds and managed to convince a kind airplane passenger to give his air miles to the ‘honey mooning couple’.

The first Jailbreak was set up in 2013 by a number of student societies in Trinity College Dublin.

Since then, Jailbreak has grown exponentially now involves students from more than ten third-level institutions.

Mr O’Gorman said: “Jailbreak is a brilliant concept, and it’s run by incredible students year after year.

“Following their journeys online as they get up to hilarious adventures around the world; I have no idea how they do it but I enjoy every second of it.

“This year, Jailbreak is focusing on human rights defenders, like journalists, lawyer and students, who are at risk for standing up to injustices.

“The money they have raised has been crucial, for both Amnesty and St Vincent De Paul, in supporting human rights and marginalised people abroad and at home. As always, we are incredibly proud of what they have achieved.”

To donate to Jailbreak, text JAILBREAK to 50300. Follow the race @JailbreakHQ.

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