Normal People star Paul Mescal is giving away Connell Waldron's famous chain from the critically-acclaimed show in order to raise funds for Pieta.

The dainty piece of jewellery has been a huge talking point for fans of the show and even has its own Instagram account with 162k followers and counting.

Mescal stars in the coming-of-age show, which is a TV adaptation of Irish author Sally Rooney's iconic novel. The series has taken the world by storm in recent weeks, surpassing 2.58 million streams on the RTÉ Player and 38 million on the BBC iPlayer.


The Kildare native has now donated the famous chain to Pieta in order to raise funds for the suicide prevention charity. He said he particularly wants to help Pieta because "suicide and depression are themes directly linked to Normal People, especially around episodes 9 and 10", which are being shown on RTÉ One from 10:15pm tonight. 

Behind the scenes on episode 10 of Normal People, on RTÉ One from 10:15pm tonight

Mescal said: "I am delighted to be able to help out Pieta by raffling off my chain that has taken on a following of its own since Normal People hit television screens.

"Pieta is a cause very close to my heart, having experienced loss due to suicide in my local town while growing up."

"I want to play my part in helping sustain these free services across Ireland," Mescal added.

Click here to buy tickets for the raffle, which opened on Monday and runs until June 8.

Earlier this month, The Late Late Show viewers donated €2 million to Pieta after the postponement of their flagship fundraiser, Darkness into Light, due to COVID-19. The postponement left the charity with a very significant funding gap this year.

Pieta relies on the public for 80% of its funding to ensure it can provide continuous availability of its national mental health service free of charge.

If you have been affected by issues raised in this story, please visit: www.rte.ie/helplines.