Friday 19 December 2014

Support for young GAA star as he battles depression

Published 02/05/2014 | 02:30

5 March 2014; Shane Carthy, Dublin. Cadbury Leinster GAA Football Under 21 Championship Quarter-Final, Carlow v Dublin, Carlow Institute of Technology, Carlow. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Shane Carthy is seen as a future senior midfielder for Dublin. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Dublin County Board says young GAA star Shane Carthy is "making progress with his illness".

The board last night issued an appeal for privacy for the up-and-coming footballer in his ongoing recovery from depression.

Carthy, who is a member of the U-21 squad which meets Roscommon in tomorrow's All-Ireland U-21 final, is also involved with the Dublin seniors.

He was man of the match in the recent Leinster U-21 final win over Meath, but is not expected to be involved tomorrow as his treatment continues. A statement from the Board confirmed that Carthy was suffering from depression, but they were "happy to report that he is making progress with his illness."

Carthy missed the U-21 semi-final win over Cavan, but he had been involved in the earlier part of the senior team's league campaign. "We are satisfied that Shane is receiving all the necessary support and are happy to report that he is making progress with his illness," the statement read.

"We would ask all units of the media and, indeed, the wider GAA family to support Shane and his family on this matter and to respect their privacy. We would directly appeal to reporters not to contact the family or family friends.

"Shane is a 19-year-old dealing with a serious problem and we are confident that his and his family's wishes will be respected.

"We would like to thank both football management teams and panels and the Naomh Mearnóg club for their support for Shane during this difficult time.

"Over the past few years the media and GAA players have been to the forefront in helping to promote positive messages about mental health and this is to be very much welcomed and supported."

Carthy won an All-Ireland minor medal with Dublin in 2012 and is seen as a future senior midfielder.

A number of Gaelic footballers have spoken in recent years of their battle with depression, among them Cavan reserve goalkeeper Alan O'Mara and Waterford dual player Wayne Hutchinson.

Irish Independent

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