Hurler tells of depression battle

Donal nolan

Published 02/04/2014 | 05:36

STUDENTS and members of the public listened in rapt attention as former Cork hurler Conor Cusack outlined his extraordinary story of overcoming depression in a moving lecture at the Tralee Institute of Technology last week.

STUDENTS and members of the public listened in rapt attention as former Cork hurler Conor Cusack outlined his extraordinary story of overcoming depression in a moving lecture at the Tralee Institute of Technology last week.

An inspiration to the entire country since going public recently on his personal history of depression and his later healing, Cusack imparted deep wisdom to hundreds of nursing and social science students in a lecture still being discussed in the corridors of the college.

"You could hear a pin drop as Conor spoke," Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Sciences Pat McGarty told The Kerryman. "It was extraordinary and I think his talk made a real difference to many individuals present. The response we got from students was phenomenal and Conor himself could not have been more generous with his time, staying on long after the event to meet students."

His visit, organised by Pat and faculty colleague PJ Hartnett, was one of the key events of the Mind, Body and Soul Week at the IT.

"Conor spoke with a searing honesty and passion that moved all present," PJ said. "His insights are more than one could ever possibly hope to convey in any academic lecture, particularly his emphasis on the ordinary gesture being an extraordinary gift at a time of vulnerability was among many other quotes that were so memorable and moving." Cusack's core message was simply 'look out for one another'.

He recalled the huge diffference simple human kindness made to him at some of the darkest times during his depression, playing a key part in bringing him back into the light of healthy life.

Kerryman

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