Supporting Men’s Health in Ireland

Supporting Men’s Health in Ireland

Supporting Men’s Health in Ireland through Movember

Movember is an online platform supporting mens health.

The reason I am supporting “Movember” is because I have had friends who had testicular cancer – some survived as it was diagnosed on time and others were’nt  as lucky.

In Ireland, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men.

 Regarding cancer in general, I have had family members and friends who passed away from cancer including my mom. It is an area I feel awareness needs to be raised about cancer, in general, and Movember raises awareness of  testicular cancer.

We need to be aware of the things to  watch out for so if they appear we can go to our GP or local hospital for tests as early as possible so it can be diagnosed quicker.

Early treatment gives the treatment a better chance of working.

Let’s all work together to raise awareness – I recorded a short video that you can watch by clicking the image below.

Supporting Mens Health in Ireland

I am also getting behind mental health as I played Gaelic football and hurling and as a sports therapist, through working with teams and players and athletes individually and with clubs,I see first hand the demands that are placed on players nowadays.

Things like being dropped or getting injured to name just 2 factors  that can affect a player or athletes mental health, so I want to to my bit by helping to raise awareness of testicular cancer and mental health but for it to be a success we need to all do our bit to raise awareness.

Supporting Mens Health in Ireland – With Movember

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Christmas Greetings from AR Sports Therapy Clinic

Christmas Greetings from AR Sports Therapy Clinic

Christmas Greetings from AR Sports Therapy Clinic

Hello  to all my clients and the clients I work and worked for, players, suppliers, and individual clients.

I wish you all a happy merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

 

to all my clients and the clients I work and worked for, players suppliers

I would like to give a special thanks to my suppliers:

  • Hynes Pharmacy- for their help and support
  • Your Online Virtual Assistant – Rosemary O Shaughnessy for all of her help on my website and online marketing advice
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Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary

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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

 

 

Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary

My Medal

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

Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary dinner Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary Celebrations

 
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
 
The Gaels have a website…here
 

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DiaEuro Futsal 2019 – My Experience

DiaEuro Futsal 2019 – My Experience

My Experiences As a Sports Therapist with The Irish Team-DiaEuro Futsal 2019 Tournament

I had the honour of being the Team Sports Therapist for the Ireland Diabetic Futsal Squad at the Diaeuro Futsal 2019 tournament. We started out 9n the road to Kiev last November at the first training session/Trial in the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown. Cathal Fleming is the founder of the team and Alban Hysa is the coach as well as players from Dublin and all-around Ireland in an effort to make the players dreams of playing for Ireland come true. And so the road to Kiev began….

On that November night preparations for Kiev began. Cathal was to be the Goalkeeper and collectively Cathal (Founder/Goalkeeper), Alban (Coach), the Players and myself (Team Sports Therapist) put in a lot of work. From November 2018 up to and including July 2019, the week before we went to Kiev, we did a mix of training sessions/Trials and friendly matches. We had them once a month. Then in May it went it went to every 2 weeks then in June every week. So, one thing was for sure Alban had us well prepared for the tournament. Most of the friendly games we played didn’t go well and lost by big margins but each game, even though we lost were valuable as we learned a lot from each game. The squad of 12 was selected in March, the 12 players chosen were the 12 lucky players who travel to Kiev. As the Team Sports Therapist, on behalf of Cathal, Alban and the players, I want to thank Kelleher’s Shop First Aid Products who sponsored the Physio Bag and have been very Supportive of myself and the players and Cathal and Alban before and during the Tournament. We would also like to also thank Diabetes Ireland who have been very supportive to the team and helping with fundraising.

The time has arrived to travel to Kiev arrived we all assembled in Dublin Airport in the early hours of Sunday morning to check in and fly to Kiev, our Base for the week.

We arrived in Kiev and got settled in. We had the Opening Ceremony and the draw for the groups. There are 2 groups, 9 teams. 1 group of 5 and 1 group of 4. 

The draw took place. In our group, along with ourselves there was Bosnia (current champions), Portugal, Slovakia and England. Roll on Monday for our 1st game….

1 Match Day 1
2 Match Day 2
3 Match Day 3
4 Match Day 4
1 Match Day 1

Matchday 1, Monday we didn’t have an easy start to the campaign as we played Bosnia the Current European DiaEuro Futsal Champions. We lost to a very good Bosnian team. They weren’t European Champions for nothing. Before the game Robert sustained a Quad muscle injury while warming up before the game limiting his appearances in the tournament. 

2 Match Day 2

Matchday 2, Tuesday, we had 2 games. 1 game in the morning we played Portugal a very good team with players that possess excellent technical ability and we lost 6v0. We lost 3v0 to Bosnia so, so far we didn’t get badly beaten in comparison to friendly games in Dublin in the build up to the tournament solo we were playing well and we felt it was only a matter of time before we could get a win or draw. Our 3rd game was against England a game we knew would be tough. However, we started well and eventually broke the England defence down and we got the goal our efforts deserved however later England scored an equaliser. So, the game ended 1v1. For this game we were missing Mark who was suspended for this game. Next up on Wednesday Slovakia.

3 Match Day 3

Matchday3, Wednesday. We played Slovakia. Another game where we turned in another good performance but we’re unluck to lose. With games coming thick and fast, it was inevitable that Injuries would happen and it happened in this game as online player which was one of our important players and was key to our plans, he had suffered an ankle injury due to a bad tackle right in our player ankle so this was going to be where I would earn my corn. He was not the only one as a 2nd player also sustained an ankle injury both of which would be important players if we make it to the play offs. The pressure is on 3 injuries....1 with a Quad Muscle injury and 2 ankle injuries.

As it stands.... The scenario is ourselves (Ireland Diabetic Futsal Squad) and England lost 2 games each and drew with each other however England conceded 11 goals in a game so they finished bottom of the group and bottom overall. This means we made it to the play offs. We had 2 playoff games v Hungary in the morning and v Bulgaria in the afternoon. Roll on matchday 4.

4 Match Day 4

Matchday 4, Thursday. In the morning we played Hungary a good side with great technical ability. Plus, I managers to work miracles on Niall and Mark so they were able to play in this game after intensive treatment the day before. Bothe played well as did all the players, but it wasn’t enough to get a win against a very good side. However, on to the afternoon where we played Bulgaria in our last game of the tournament we performed very well and deservedly won 4v1.

Friday, the day of the closing Ceremony. It was held in the stadium the home of Dynamo Kiev. A very enjoyable few hours. We made lifelong friends and it was a great experience with great memories. After the closing ceremony I recommended to the lads to do the stadium tour. €3 not bad for an excellent tour. First was the museum and a great talk by the tour guide which was interesting and Informative. Then onto the dressing rooms which were impressive and then out on the pitch on the side-line had a lot of photos taken and a walk around the perimeter of the pitch. After that I met up with a friend of mine who plays for the Ukraine senior 6 aside football team had a coffee and a look around time and then went back to the accommodation to pack and have an early night due to a long day of travel the next day.

It’s all over, Saturday up and out of it. Breakfast was consumed and down to the meeting place where we were due to meet before getting on the bus to Byrispole Airport., Kiev. We arrive with luggage in hand and the endless checks and check-ins. This wasn’t a direct flight home there was a stop off in Prague. 2 ½ hour flight to Prague. No time to hang around in Prague Airport as we had to get off the plane get the bags go through all the checks and check-ins and get to the relevant departure gate and board the flight. Saturday evening, we arrived in Dublin Airport. Then the bus back to Roscommon.

I am no longer involved with the squad as there is a policy of rotating Sports there Therapists but I wished Cathal Fleming (Founder of the squad) who gave me the opportunity to work with a great group of players, the players who were great to work with and the coach Alban in the years to come. It is something special and the lads and Cathal have shown that just because you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t mean you can’t play sport. Well done and best wishes to everyone I. The years ahead and hopefully they inspire many people with diabetes to get involved in the years to come.

Diabetes & DiaEuro Futsal?

Diabetes & DiaEuro Futsal?

First Diabetes & DiaEuro Futsal Irish Team Competing in Euro Tournament

 

Diabetes & DiaEuro Futsal : The DiaEuro Futsal Tournament takes place in Kiev (Ukraine) on the 19th July 2019.

It is a Futsal tournament for players who all suffer from diabetes.

This July represents the first time an Irish Team has participated in the annual DiaEuro Competition.

I have been privileged to act as the sports therapist for the Irish team in both training for the tournament and I am looking forward to attending the tournament in July as well.

As part of our process to promote awareness about our Team and indeed about the sport of Futsal itself, I have been involved in some promotional radio interviews.

Both myself and Cathal Fleming (the founder of the Irish team) were delighted to have been given the opportunity recently by Limerick City Radio to do an interview which I would ask you to listen too and to share online because:

The Interview Covers:

  • An explanation firstly about what Futsal is all about
  • Health considerations for diabetics who play Futsal
  • What makes Futsal a different indoor sport
  • The challenges of Futsal
  • Futsal factors for diabetics-adrenaline,blood sugar and more

Listen to The Interview Below

The actual interview of Cathal and myself commences at 05.25

Having Diabetes Doesn’t Mean You Forget About Sport!

If you have listened to the interview we hope you will see that just because you have diabetes does not mean you cannot enjoy an active sporting life.

Indeed Cathal the founder of the Irish team is a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed just 3 years ago.

Most medical professionals will advocate engaging in regular exercise as part of an overall health regime for good diabetic health.

Whilst there are challenges for Type 1 diabetics playing high tempo sports (being mindful of low sugars )  these challenges are not insurmountable in this day and age.

 

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My Radio Interview about DiaEuroFutsal Irish Team

My Radio Interview about DiaEuroFutsal Irish Team

Helping Out With The Irish Diabetic Squad For DiaEuro Futsal Tournament 2019

The DiaEuro Futsal Tournament starts July 2019.

I am delighted to be apart of the Irish squad for the DiaEuro Tournament taking place in Kiev, Ukraine from the 21st to the 26th July 2019.

To state the obvious I am helping out as a Sports Therapist to the team.

For those of you who have never heard of it, it is a European Futsal competition with several European countries represented.

It is the first time that Ireland will be represented with a team squad composed of players from all over Ireland.

I recently did an interview with Athlone Community Radio about the DiaEuro Futsal Competition (tournament) to increase awareness…..and you can listen to the radio interview below.

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