A man's world - GAA stars style up for Movember
It's Movember time, everyone. Today, November 1, is the start of a month-long focus on men's health and raising funds to support those important needs.
To be a man in today's world is challenging. There are no lions and tigers to hunt anymore - well, not the obvious kind - and women no longer depend on you for protection and food (though they do still value it), so where does a man's need to be of service, to be creative, a good friend and good provider, go to be fulfilled?
A conversation around men's needs doesn't happen often, does it?
Which is why Movember is a great thing. Movember is a worldwide umbrella under which men's challenges and character are front and centre, and funds are raised to support you, be it male cancer (one in eight men develop prostate or testicular cancer) to mental health (three-quarters of suicides are men). It highlights what it is to be a man, it offers what men love - comradeship and a unified cause of men's health - in a male way, which means fun.
Since 2007, over €11m has been raised in Ireland alone through men and women (called, because this is meant to be fun, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas) who created Movember-inspired initiatives to support men's health. The global figure of funds raised by Movember supporters is a whopping €485m.
This year, Movember is focusing on two strands.
There's the Movember perennial, Grow - start a moustache for the month of November and maybe organise a fun fundraising event to support you in your month's grow-a-thon.
Move is a new Movember initiative to encourage men to get their butts off their couches, let go of the remote controls, and get moving. This comes as sedentary life is fast becoming the next biggest killer in Ireland.
The idea is, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas set themselves a 30-day fitness challenge in order to raise vital funds used to make a difference in the areas of men's health.
While the issues are serious, the important thing about Movember is the message that life should be lived, and with fun. Certainly, our Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) players showed their fun side when they engaged with modelling in our shoot today.
The Mo Bros - Laois footballer Colm Begley, Dublin hurler David Treacy, Fermanagh footballer Tiarnan Daly, Mayo footballer Tom Parsons and Wicklow footballer Conor McGraynor - generously gave their time, travelling from all over Ireland, to learn how to pose, and, shock, horror, we discovered it came naturally to them.
Follow their lead. Today is the day to start doing something for others. Feel better for being part of something bigger than you.
Log on to movember.com and find something that gets your heart racing with fear. Then do it.
About our models...
Tom Parsons, Mayo footballer.
At 6 feet 3 inches, Tom has been a mainstay in the Mayo midfield for the past seven years, and a driving force behind Mayo’s recent good form, reaching two All-Ireland finals in the past four years .
David Treacy, Dublin hurler.
David, who plays for Cuala, has been with the Dublin senior panel since 2009. He is considered to be one of the most skilful players in the country and one of the most consistent free-takers. He was part of the Dublin team that famously lifted the Leinster title in 2013, for the first time in 52 years
Paul Ryan, Dublin hurler.
Paul Ryan and David Treacy are Dublin teammates, but are both vying for the free-taking responsibilities. Paul, who plays for Ballyboden, burst onto the inter-county hurling scene as soon he came out of minor grade. He scored 2-7 in the famous Leinster final of 2013
Tiarnan Daly, Fermanagh footballer.
Tiarnan is a commanding defender with the Fermanagh senior footballers, but is more laid-back off the pitch, as he has a keen interest in surfing. He is currently studying human genetics in Trinity College, while also on a footballing scholarship.
Conor McGraynor, Wicklow footballer.
Conor is the star full-forward with DCU and Wicklow. While Wicklow have struggled to make a big impact on the All-Ireland Championship in recent years, Conor has been making a name for himself in the Sigerson Cup with DCU, a competition that is littered with inter-county stars .
Colm Begley, Laois footballer.
Colm spent a few years playing in the Australian Football League with the Brisbane Lions and St Kilda. He was named Lions Rookie of the Year and was also picked for the Irish side to play Australia in the International Rules series
Photography by Kevin Goss-Ross
Styling by Courtney Smith
Fashion edited by Constance Harris