Brent has spent the last 4 years of his life fully dedicated to a number of high profile Irish and International charities; he has special affiliation for mental health charities, and is a current national ambassador for St Patricks Hospitals “Walk in My Shoes” campaign alongside top model Alison Canavan and U2s Adam Clayton. Brent is also an ambassador for “Cycle Against Suicide” with founder Jim Breen (Secret Millionaire) musician Nial Breslin, and sports stars Paul McGrath and Jason Sherlock.

Adam Clayton U2

Adam Clayton U2


During the past 3 years Brent has helped raise the profile of “Habitat for Humanity” by bruiding houses for the disadvantaged communities in Africa and South America and in 2012 a RTE documentary entitled “Brent’s Zambia” showcased the work of Brent and some of his international rugby friends abroad. Brent opened and ran a successful art gallery called “Outside In” for artists that have faced severe adversity in their lives, and has run a series of outsider art workshops and exhibitions. In 2014 Brent hopes to show case this form of art in New York for a television documentary



Brent has published 6 books children’s books for various children’s charities, the books entitled Woody the Whale, The Wheezing Wolf, Bones, Arnold The Anteater, The Adventures of Herbie, and the soon to be published Hip-Hop Opotomus have raised hundreds of thousands of Euros for charity, the latest being for “Pieta House” Brent is also generally regarded as a national spokesperson for mental health issues and recently featured on TV3 talking about his own difficulties in this area, Brent and well known Teenage Psyche therapist Johanna Fortune are also trialling an innovative mental health programme for transition year students called “Happy in your own skin” addressing the many issues facing teenagers in today’s modern society.




brent's autobiography


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Brent Pope with Kevin MacDermot


In his candid autobiography, If You Really Knew Me, Brent Pope talks openly, for the first time ever, about his rugby career and personal life. A ruthless, tough player who “ran like a reverse hovercraft”, Popey’s aggressive, uncompromising style inspired the legendary players around him and the teams he coached.


"Its all there in this book.
Great photographs too.
Worth reading.