GAA star Paddy O'Rourke has urged young people to "look after each other" after the tragic loss of Galway hurler Niall Donohue.
The Meath native, who will line out for Ireland in tomorrow's second International Rules Test against Australia in Croke Park, also serves as student welfare officer in the Dundalk IT students' union.
"One life lost is too many," said the Ireland goalkeeper.
"The message that everyone has to get out there is to look after each other. If it just means sitting down having a cup of tea with someone or talking to someone that you don't usually talk to, it could make a big difference."
O'Rourke has seen first-hand how the pressures of daily life can affect people. And he warned that inter-county players were far from immune.
"When we pack our bags after training, we go home to family, we go home to friends, we go home to college – we're just the same as everybody else. Different things can mount up on top of you. If you're in college and you're coming up to exam times, the pressure can get to you. Whether you're trying to juggle training, trying to juggle exams, different things can weigh you down."
O'Rourke, a nephew of Meath legend and RTE pundit Colm, wears a wristband supporting the 'Please Talk' campaign.
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