Former Galway players leading new health and welfare initiative

Former Galway hurler and Chairperson of Galway GAA’s Health & Wellbeing Committee, Iggy Clarke, is to the forefront in organising a seminar, at which Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will be the keynote speaker, in the Lough Rea Hotel on Tuesday, November 14.
Former Galway hurler and Chairperson of Galway GAA’s Health & Wellbeing Committee, Iggy Clarke, is to the forefront in organising a seminar, at which Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will be the keynote speaker, in the Lough Rea Hotel on Tuesday, November 14.

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BÁIREOIRÍ na Gaillimhe – the former Galway hurlers’ association – is to hold a Health & Wellness seminar in the Lough Rea Hotel on Tuesday, November 14, at which Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will be the keynote speaker and Galway GAA will launch their Critical Incident Plan.

To the forefront in organising the evening, which will incorporate a panel discussion with Harte and Galway’s All-Ireland winning hurling managers Micheal Donoghue (senior) and Jeffrey Lynskey (minor) and senior football boss Kevin Walsh, is hurling legend, Iggy Clarke.

A qualified counsellor himself, Clarke is Chairperson of Galway Health & Wellbeing Committee, a sub-committee of the County Board which also includes Sarsfields’ Ruth Mulkerrins (secretary); ex-Galway hurler Justin Campbell, also a qualified counsellor; Ciarán Lynch, from the HSE and Galway Mental Health; Ruth Kilbane, sports psychologist, and Killimor’s Ciara Mooney, among others.

Outlining the idea for next month’s event originated with Báireoirí na Gaillimhe, Clarke recounted: “It was part of a discussion on Health and Wellness about two years ago. That is part of their agenda and their constitution – that we would do something on health and wellness.

“So, it came up at the meeting and they asked Justin (Campbell) and myself to go ahead and do something. We set an evening for the event, 6:30pm to 8pm in the Lough Rea Hotel on November 14, and the key note speaker is Mickey Harte, Tyrone football manager.”

The evening will begin with registration at 6pm before Clarke as Chairperson of Galway GAA’s Health and Wellbeing Committee makes the necessary introductions. “Noel Lane will say a few words representing Báireoirí na Gaillimhe about their interest in promoting health and wellness,” continued Clarke.

“Stacey Cahill (GAA National Health & Wellbeing Coordinator) from Croke Park will address the audience and Pat Kearney (Galway GAA Chairman) will launch the Critical Incident Programme or Plan for Galway.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.