Wexford GAA Wellness Week
There was a great buzz around Enniscorthy Vocational College last Friday with the arrival of three sport stars to the school as part of Wexford GAA Wellness week.
Davy Fitzgerald, Oisin Mc Conville and Mags D’arcy joined the school community to impart some important advice to the students on the positive impact of sport on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. The event was kindly sponsored by Mc Cauleys pharmacy who were represented by Ray Hynes on the day.
Students were given the opportunity to ask questions of the sports stars relating to their own experiences of maintaining wellness and positive mental health.
Davy Fitzgerald spoke about his time in school and focussed particularly on the harmful impact bullying had on him as he was growing up. Davy also highlighted the importance of, being kind and respectful in our interactions with everyone, enjoying the simple things in life and valuing the relationships that you have with close friends and family. He finished by explaining how he had to make some adjustments to his lifestyle in recent years as a result of personal health issues, diet being one of the things he needed to change. The students were very interested in all the advice that Davy imparted to them.
Next up was Mags D’arcy who stressed the importance of a balanced lifestyle. Mags promoted the importance of girls getting involved in sport as it instils discipline. She acknowledged that there are also numerous benefits from being involved in a team. Another important element of maintaining a balance lifestyle according to Mag is to engage in Lifelong Learning and she emphasised that age should never be a barrier to returning to education. More good advice for the audience.
Oisin Mc Conville reminisced about his childhood growing up during the troubles in Crossmaglen and the big part Gaelic football played in his formative years. Oisin elaborated on his own personal issues around gambling which initially started with a small bet in the bookies at the age of fourteen and escalated into much more serious gambling. This had a serious detrimental impact on his relationship with family and friends and was masking many of the underlying insecurities that he had as an individual. However, he pointed out how important sport and being part of a team had been for him as an outlet free from these issues.
Liam Sharkey was an excellent MC on the day and the event in the school was meticulously organised by Keith O’Hara and Cate Donohoe from the Sports Department. Principal Iain Wickham thanked Michael Martin Vice Chairman of Wexford GAA for his help in organising the event, the guest speakers, sponsors McCauleys Pharmacy and the students and staff who contributed ensuring that it was an excellent occasion. The event certainly gave the students plenty of food for thought on how sport could play a part in maintaining their own wellbeing.
Before the speakers left the students wished the Wexford Hurling Team the best of Luck in the 2019 championships. Thanks to Maria Nolan for taking the photos.