Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary

Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary

Roscommon Gaels GAA Club-60th Anniversary

Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary. – On Friday 15th November 2019 Roscommon Gaels GAA Club celebrated its 60th Anniversary at its Celebration Night at the Abbey Hotel.
 
Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary
The club facilitates Gaelic Football from u8s up to and including senior, Hurling from u8s up to and including senior, Camogie say all levels from u8s up to junior.
 
The junior team won the county title this season and as a result, will compete at Senior Level next season, Ladies Gaelic football at all grades from u8s up to and including adult levels.
 
We can’t leave out the very active Scór teams also at all levels and a new initiative the club started this year called Roscommon Gaels All-Stars which is an academy for kids and kids with special needs.
 
Managers and coaches do great work at all levels of all the aforementioned codes and the Roscommon Gaels All-Stars received an award for this initiative.
 
For my involvement in Roscommon Gaels GAA Club, we have to go back to 1990. I made the Abbey National School hurling  panel it started with a class league in the school then I got on the school hurling panel as I said. We had a very talented panel of hurlers. So good, we got to the county final in Athleague on a wet Friday night. We played a very good Fuerty National School. Unfortunately, we weren’t good enough and Fuerty National School won the Roscommon National Schools Hurling County Final.
  
My first season involved in GAA ended in disappointment with a defeat that day. But despite that, I learned a valuable lesson in both sport and life in the sense in sport or life things don’t always go the way you want to. 
 
The next step in my playing career came when I started in Roscommon CBS in Roscommon town. 
 
Every week there were 2 opportunities for sport 1 was PE, the other being Games. PE was once a week and lasted for a period of 1 class every week. During PE we had indoor soccer. In indoor soccer I loved being a goalkeeper the person so inspired me to become a goalkeeper was Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonnar. He was a class goalkeeper who played for Celtic at club level and was a goalkeeping legend I wanted to be like him. For me he really came to the fore as my inspiration when he played for Rep of Ireland in the World Cup Italia 90. Brilliant saves throughout the world cup. Unlucky to concede a goal in the 1v1 draw v England, a clean sheet v Egypt and conceded a goal v Holland in the last group game meant we made it out of the group  next up Romania 0v0 at full time, 0v0 after extra time and so to penalties Packie saved a penalty and David O’Leary scored the penalty to send Ireland to the World Cup Quarter Final s for the first time in our history. Everyone had high hopes. Next up Italy, formidable opponents with 1 world-class player to schillaci. Unfortunately, a disappointing result 1v0 to Italy . 
 
But I was inspired by Packie Bonnar and that is when I knew I wanted to be a goalkeeper. A decision that stood to me throughout my playing career.
 

Then there was Games time. This consisted of 2 class periods and took.  Place at the CBS pitch on the Galway Road and consisted of Gaelic Football. The teacher asked what position I wanted to play I said, Goalkeeper. For the first few weeks was a case where 2 teams

 

 

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were picked for 2 games. I was the goalkeeper on 1 of the teams and I was lucky whatever team I was on we won. A good confidence builder for a rookie goalkeeper. After a few weeks a class league was set up that was on every week for the school year. I loved playing all those games in the class league in the first year.

However, hurling was my 1st choice. I wasn’t involved with the CBS 1st Year Football Team, I wanted to concentrate on the Hurling team with the CBS 1st year Hurlers. I was a goalkeeper for the team. While playing hurling for the College my development as a goalkeeper went from strength to strength. So much so, that my maths teacher Pat Rogers, who was involved with Roscommon Gaels GAA Club asked if I would be interested in playing for the u16 football panel.

I said yes and joined the panel. This was my first year involved with Roscommon Gaels GAA Club. It was the start of a playing career where, as a player, I would meet and make friends with great people and success on the field. Little did I know how successful it would be and how soon my 2nd medal would come (the first was the the National Schools hurling Runners up medal) in 1991 we made it to the final beating St Dominic’s in the final in May. My first winners medal.
My next medal wasn’t long coming when I joined the u16 Hurlers we both to the u16 hurling county final where we played St Dominic’s in the U16 Hurling County Final. The Game game ended level so went to a replay. We won the replay by 6 points. 2 winners medals in my 1st season was great. The next season I was on the CBS juvenile and junior hurling panels and at club level was on the u16 football and hurling panels with Roscommon Gaels. We won the u16 football final beating Castlerea St Kevins. I was called up to the club minors as well. In u16 hurling we lost to a Francie Grehan inspired Four Roads team. Francie was a gifted hurler and played well that day winning man of the match. But with the minor footballers, things were going well. We made it to the Minor County Football Final which we won, beating St Dominic’s by a point. We played most of that match with 14 players.
 
The next season I was on the Minor Football Panel, Minor Hurling Panel, Junior Hurling Panel and U21 football panels. Got winners medals with the  Minor Footballers, Junior Hurlers, and U21 Footballers, I went on to win 2 more Minor Football medals, winners and runners up medals with the U21 Footballers,
 
I won a 2nd Junior Hurling winners medal as well as an O’Rourke Cup (League) and Senior Football County Final winner’s medal. And a few trophies. I also played senior and U21 hurling but didn’t win anything. I played for the Roscommon CBS Senior Footballers in 1994.  I went on to play senior Football for Athlone senior Footballers where we reached the Leinster Senior Club Football Quarter Final where we were beaten by Portlaoise,
 
I played Junior Hurling and Football for Kilmacud Crokes and played Junior County Football in England for Gloucestershire where I won a Junior All Britain football medal we went on to play Dublin in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi-Final we lost that day but it was amazing to be involved in an All Ireland Semi-Final v a quality team like Dublin.
In my playing career, I have many achievements but whoever I played for or what I achieved, it all started with my home club Roscommon Gaels

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And so back to the Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary Celebrations Night on the 15th November,
 
It was a great celebration of the Clubs achievements over the 60 years. The work coaches, players, sponsors, investors, parents, schools etc from u8s up to senior over the years must be thanked and acknowledged and as a result of all that made it the club, it is today.
 
The night went well. Seamus Duke was the MC for the night. On the night I was on the Roscommon Gaels Senior Football Panel that won the Roscommon Senior County Football Title in 1994. We were honoured on the night.
 
A massive well don’t to the organising committee on organising what was a great night. The night started with the schedule was between each course would be a history of each sport in the club. Before the starter, there was the history of Hurling in the club and past players. With the starter consumed, it was onto the history of Gaelic Football and again players from the passed were interviewed. Main Course consumed next it was the history of Camogie in the club. Dessert is eaten and it was time for the history of Ladies Football in the club. And last but not least the Scór ection of the club was mentioned.
 
The meal out of the way it was time for the presentation of the Awards. After that, we, the Senior Football Panel who won the County Final in 1994 was introduced to everyone on the night. It was great to meet the lads again after we were introduced we had a group photo with of the senior football team from 1994. It was great to meet everyone in the club under 1 roof in 1 night and chat about memories from out playing days and I have to give a special mention to the Roscommon Gaels Junior Camogie team that won this year’s Junior County title beating Four Roads who now go on to play senior next season. They were presented with their winner’s medals.
 
Well done to them and everyone who received awards and medals on the night.
 
Now it is onto the future of the club.
 
Also well done to former players who give something back to the club by coaching underage teams in all codes in the club and so inspire future generations to fulfil their dreams and meet great people and make life long friends and learn from sport and achieve things and who knows one day represent Roscommon at the county level
 
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Mental Health in Sport in Ireland

Mental Health in Sport in Ireland

Mental Health in Sport in Ireland – Challenges 

Mental Health in Sport in Ireland maybe a topic that has not got the consideration it deserves in the context of mental health awareness here in Ireland.

Awareness about Mental Health is increasingly important in modern society.

People can underestimate the effects it can have on a person. It doesn’t just affect people in a certain sector of society. It can happen to people in anyone right across the social spectrum.

It can affect wealthy, middle class, poor, people in the health sector due to long hours and being overworked, carers, managers, the elderly young people middle-aged people in a rocky relationship. No one knows what is going on in another person’s life. For years, there has been a stigma attached to mental health and as a result in the past people who have mental health issues were very reluctant to come out and speak to a person about the issues and problems they have to be it pressure at work, being bullied at school, cyberbullying.

Its a tough time in life for teenagers and studios so many changes going on and pressures and students in teenage years in school there are junior cert and leaving cert years, both studying for exams doing the exams and then the days leading up to getting the results. Leaving cert more so the leaving cert as those results decide if you get into university to do your first choice course and what jobs you get when you leave school. Nowadays also the way things are in Ireland the pressure couples are under jobwise with companies closing down people lose their jobs result in financial pressures like paying rent and or mortgage, food bills, heating, educating kids, books, uniforms car maintenance, etc all these things can affect mental health. But nowadays thanks to society being more accepting and the investment in education on mental health and organisations like the Samaritans, people feel they can come out and talk about their pressures and problems. The one thing I want everyone to take from this article is if you have any issues or problems remember is ok not to be ok. Talk to a friend or family member or counselling there are so many options out there the hardest thing is taking that first step. After that, it’s getting that bit easier day by day. People don’t realise the consequences that happen suicide is common in society. But thankfully nowadays there is help available and all that needs to happen is to avail of those services. That reduces suicide figures. If you get upset and it’s hard to deal with the pressures in life it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help….it takes a strong person to ask for help. To anyone going through issues and problems at the moment, you are not alone turn to someone.

As mentioned above, mental health can affect people from all walks of life and in society, today life is very hard and fast-paced so it is essential that we help one another to get through. A problem shared is a problem halved. Also with mental health, sometimes it’s the little thing that can help in dealing with problems and getting through tough times. Another event that can cause stress is where someone has lost a family member like a mother or father, brother or sister aunt or uncle grandmother or grandfather or cousin or even a close family friend or best friend I like everyone else have been through it. My mother passed away of cancer and my best mate was knocked down by a car and passed away when I was a child. Grandparents etc to. It was a tough time for me but also my family. And myself and my family’s aren’t the only people to go through that people all over the world go through it. We were lucky we had each other and good friends to help us through.

Everyone has their own mechanisms for getting through tough times or pressures or problems going on in their lives. Listening to music, going for walks, going to see a movie, go on a holiday, talk to others. Mental health can be overlooked and its effects underestimated, but in fact, it is quite complex.

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In my job as a sports therapist I would have to say that mental health issues in sport are more common than many think.

There are many reasons why there are mental health issues in sport. Sport has changed so much over the years in so many aspects. Along with these changes come added pressure on both managers, coaches and players. In Gaelic football and hurling years ago preparations weren’t as advanced as nowadays. You turn up for training twice a week. You do stretches, followed by laps of the pitch then sprints as ball drills and then a training game. You turn up on match day the manager pics the starting 15 you go out and you win or lose. Nowadays as I just mentioned are so many extra pressures on players coaches and management. So many aspects and methods of preparations have been added and doing them all or only doing a few can be the difference between winning and losing. At club and county level success is the only thing. It’s everything to supporters and players and management and coaches. If a club team or county team don’t win games never mind not winning cups means for managers and coaches get sacked and players get dropped either from the starting 15 or even worse, the panel. That’s before you add the criticism from the press. These are things the modern club and county players have to face as well as managers and coaches.

The workload on players and management has increased. Every player and manager wants to win that county title that provincial club title and all Ireland club title. At county level provincial and all Ireland titles. People from outside sport don’t realise what players, management and backroom staff have to put in to compete, not to win but to just to compete. Also, players have their work pressures and expectations and family lives etc. All these things affect players and management of mental health. It’s all or nothing.

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Additional preparations that have come into Gaelic football and hurling are:-

– Strength & Conditioning

– Diet: meals are prepared for players specific to the player’s weight, height, BMI etc

– Gym work: exercise plans are designed and tailored to each player individually

– Recovery sessions.

– Players training collectively together and on their own.

– Tactics have become increasingly important when it comes to beating the opposition. The introduction of blanket defences, double marking, and the addition of the sweeper system all designed to stop the opposition scoring.

– County and club teams have added experts in many fields to help prepare teams for games. These are – Strength and conditioning coaches. Sports psychologists, nutritionist, physios, doctors statisticians, video analysists to name a few.

There are issues in sport that players and coaches have to deal with. From a players point of view, top players at club level are asked to trials. The nature of sport at an elite level means that some players make the county panel, some players don’t. Players work and train so hard to get to that level that if they don’t make the county panel it is devastating for the player. Sport can be cruel in many ways and every player deals with this type of disappointment in their own way. The next issue is the players that do make the inter-county panel, they then work hard to make the starting 15. The average panel is 30 to 40 of a training panel. At intercounty level, a matchday squad consists of only togging out 26 players so at least 5 players will be disappointed but the real disappointment for players is not making the starting 15. Players question themselves did they do something wrong in training or did they not play well in the previous game. However, the players that don’t make the starting 15 but are on the bench 5 players may get a chance and could be brought on at any time. Every player handles these scenarios differently. Some will be depressed and could affect their training but some will take a positive outlook and work harder and iss want to prove the manager wrong for the game and perform well in training and challenge matches and show that they should be in the next game.

There are also players that were always in the team and all of a sudden find themselves on the bench or worst still, not even in the matchday squad. Also, the time thing that is relevant to my job, which is players who get injured. By nature, no player wants to be out due to injury players will do anything to play because they love playing and if they are not playing it is heartbreaking. I have said to players who are injured that they can’t train or play for the next X amount of weeks and they need rest and treatment and they say oh I have a game tomorrow or in a day or 2. I understand their frustration as I played sport and I have had injuries but my priority is treating the player and getting he back right and not cutting corners to do that so I need to say to them well if you play you will aggravate the injury you will be out for we say 6 weeks missing 4 or 5 games but if you treat and take the advice and treatment you will only miss 1 or 2 games. No one lives seeing players playing more than me but usually when I explain both options of playing or not playing they see where I am coming from. Most players understand when you explain to them. But I understand where they are coming from as they hate not being able to train or play games as they have 2 worries:

– They lost their place in the team

– Will they get their place back.

The final thing is that day that all players and athletes hate, the day when for one reason or another they have to retire. Due to injury and on medical advice they have to retire. Others, their body says that is it, time to call it a day. The player finds himself being on the bench more and more. Not getting as much game time can be frustrating. The player then faces the reality, whereby from u8 or u10 up to recently they were always in the starting 15, never or rarely dropped, always training, won medals, played county, has won awards and medals and now no longer playing what do they do? Their whole life up until then revolved around GAA. How do they fill in that gap? They no longer have to train or play matches, their whole routine has changed. Some go down my route and train as a sports therapist, some get into coaching some referee or some get involved at committee or board level. Nothing will ever EVER replace playing you ask any retired player they will tell you that, but the above paths that I mention are a great and positive way for former players to keep involved in sport and it is an opportunity for they to give back to their community or county.

However, not everyone can take the above paths. Some suffer depression go down the wrong road, other lose confidence and belief or feel abandoned and become quiet. Some players even when they are playing go down the wrong route. Former Crossmaglen and Armagh player Oisín McConville had a gambling addiction. He is a guy I really admire, both as a player and a person he had this addiction of gambling that he admits got very serious. He could have kept it price it but he didn’t he went public. I remember in an interview he did and he said it was hard telling his family but when he did he suddenly felt a huge burden and weight had been lifted from his shoulders he then seeked and got addiction councelling. He had come through that part of his life and he has a good life. He is an inspiration and a perfect example to people with mental health issues that they too can get through that tough time in their lives and come out the other side and lead happy healthy lives and it all started any having the strength to talk to one person or a group of people and they will help you and support.

Mental health and mental health is something I am passionate about and I think people aren’t aware of. I hope that after reading this article that you are a bit more aware of mental health in sport and right accross the social spectrum and that if someone need your support you will help them even if it is just to listen to them and also if you are having mental health issues at the moment you see that there is help out there and that things can and will get better and all it talks is to talk to someone.

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Mental Health in Sport in Ireland – Help

There is a GAA players Union called the GPA (Gealic Players Association) who represent county players. They represent GAA players and help players in many ways. They can help players in anyways like getting counselling and other areas, helping with getting into college or university and in many other ways so if you are a county player and need help with any aspect of your life be it on the field or off the field, get in touch with the GPA.

For useful adcice, help and services you can contact, go onto the following website https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/ .

If you have any feedback or have any questions you can email me on arsportstherapyclinic@outlook.ie or go onto my website for more blogs and treatments on www.arsportsinjuriesclinicireland.com.

 

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