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GAA Community & Health Newsletter November 2022

  The GAA Community & Health Newsletter for November 2022 has been released below.   The Irish Life GAA Healthy...
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Irish Life GAA Healthy Clubs Conference, Saturday November 12th

The role played by clubs in supporting the health and wellbeing of communities across Ireland will be explored at the...
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Case Study: Cork Beats Stress

County: Tougher & Midleton, Cork Rural/Urban: Urban Codes: Football, Ladies Football, Hurling, Camogie Membership: combined - 1316 Case Study: Cork...
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Club update re Ireland Lights Up postponed & important hurling helmet safety information

Please find below important club updates relating to the postponement of the Ireland Lights Up walking initiative until February, and...
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Keep active and help your club win with the Irish Life Healthy Club Steps Challenge

4 x €2,500 O’Neill club vouchers up for grabs during June challenge Throughout the Covid-19 emergency, GAA clubs across the...
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GAA and TILDA host ‘How to Age Well’ webinar featuring Mícheal Ó Muircheartaigh

The live, supported by Irish Life, event will feature evidence and anecdotes revealing the secrets of a long and happy...
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Coivd-19 Supports and Resources

We hope that you all had a lovely Easter. Please find a number of additional supports and resources below that...
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The Cork GAA Health and Wellbeing Initiative re-affirms the World Health Organisations view that "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Playing sport and being part of a sporting community play a central role in constructing the overall ‘health and wellbeing jigsaw”. As individuals and communities we need to look after all aspects of our health.

The Cork GAA initiative aims to put mental and physical health on an equal footing and remove any existing stigmas around looking for professional help and community support for any of the health issues or concerns we come across as part of our daily lives The message is clear - Lets all support each other in recognising the importance of four key values, (HILL):

  1. Health and fitness integration; 
  2. Inclusion - looking after our own and each other’s physical and mental health, and improving our overall wellbeing.
  3. We will do this through Listening and supporting each other, spreading our message, providing up to date resources, raising awareness, opening the discussions and being there for each other.
  4. Above all we look forward to Lifelong participation in our GAA games, clubs and communities


  • Chairperson Eoghan O'Connor (Erins Owns)
  • Secretary Jim McEvoy (Blarney)



  • Keith Ricken (St Vincents)
  • Des Cullane (St Nicks/Glen Rovers)
  • Sinead Crowley Clonakilty)
  • Liz Ahern (Carrightohill)
  • Valerie Kirby (Blarney)
  • Wesley O Brien (UCC)
  • Paddy Duggan (Bandon)
  • Diarmuid Lestor (Bishopstown)

If you are worried that you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self harm, you should immediately contact your local doctor or go to the Accident and Emergency department of the nearest hospital. You can find further details on - Mental Health - HSE


Here are some more services that also provide advice and support:



24 hour Free Phone Number 116123 / Text to 087 260 9090

Pieta House


Suicide and self-harm support Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat & Sun : 10am to 2pm You can also contact Pieta House through the Mind your Buddy co-ordinator in place, in many local GAA clubs.



The Aware Support Line is for individuals who are seeking support and information to cope with, manage or recover from depression, anxiety and related conditions. Available Monday – Sunday, 10am to 10pm.

HSE Drugs and Alcohol Helpline





Confidential support service for young people up to 18 years of age.



Text ‘TEEN’ to 50015 Teenline is available to listen 7 nights a week from 8pm until11pm (4pm -11pm on a Wednesday). Call if you are feeling fed-up, alone, distressed, worried, or just want to talk to someone in confidence.



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