Handy health booklet is launched to the public at GAA wellness event
A handy pocket-sized health and well-being pamphlet has been officially launched in Enniscorthy.
The booklet was launched by Sam McCauley at Bellefield GAA complex to coincide with Wexford GAA wellness week.
He said he was privileged to perform the launch and said the publication provided information on where people could easily access support from voluntary bodies and state organisations should they require it.
'It is an invaluable resource to have at hand in every home,' said Mr McCauley.
He also applauded the work of the health and well-being committee in bringing 365 hurling and football to St Patrick's Special school in Enniscorthy.
'It is confirmation that the GAA is not just about winning championships but is also about creating winning people and a community that cares,' he said.
The booklet provides up-to-date information on a range of health related topics including healthy eating, alcohol and drug misuse, gambling and bullying.
Maria Nolan, in her role as healthy club officer, was MC on the night and she thanked Mr McCauley and other guests such as cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Keith Doyle, for taking the time to give their support to the event.
Fr Odhran Furlong also attended and prayed for good health on those who were present.
The launch also attracted a number of people who were busy canvassing for the local elections including Cllr Johnny Mythen, Jackser Owens and Aidan Browne, who all left the campaign trail to be present along with Cllr Tony Dempsey.
The Chairperson of Wexford County Board, Derek Kent, told those in attendance that the pamphlet idea was a great one.
He complimented everyone involved and paid tribute to the Bellefield Health and well-being committee members for their commitment to the GAA's healthy clubs initiative.
The President of Enniscorthy Chamber, Maree Lyng, and the CEO of McCauley Pharmacies, Tony McEntee, provided funding for Wexford Wellness Week and they also had goodie bags for those in attendance.
Mary Doyle is the Chairperson of the Wexford health and well-being committee and she thanked the Rapparees-Starlights club members for their work in promoting healthy living initiatives.
The event was also attended by the Wexford County Coaching officer, Bobby Goff, and the Child Welfare officer, Des Croke.
James Browne TD, in addition to being Fianna Fail's spokesperson on mental health, is also a member of the Bellefield health and well-being committee.
He described the booklet as a 'wonderful initiative' and highlighted the importance of the GAA to communities across the country.
He emphasised how important it is for young people to know they have people to turn to if they need to talk.
He also said people need somewhere to go and a place to belong, and added that GAA clubs provide that support.
Catherine Brogan, from Mental Health Ireland, travelled from Kildare to attend the launch and commenting on the booklet she said: 'It's a beacon for health and well-being providing helpful tips and information on many aspects of health.'
She said her organisation was 'happy to endorse and support the terrific work being done by the club and the GAA in general'.
A presentation was also made to Mr McCauley on the night by the chairperson of the Rapparees-Starlights club, Michael Doyle, to acknowledge everything he has done for the club and Wexford GAA over many years.