Thursday 20 June 2019

Enniscorthy Vocational College buzzing as GAA stars drop by

Oisin McConville, Davy Fitzgerald and Mags D’Arcy, special guests at GAA Wellness Week at Enniscorthy Vocational College
Oisin McConville, Davy Fitzgerald and Mags D’Arcy, special guests at GAA Wellness Week at Enniscorthy Vocational College

Brendan Keane

Enniscorthy Vocational College was buzzing with excitement recently when it was visited by three very popular sports stars to coincide with GAA wellness week.

Davy Fitzgerald, Oisin McConville and Mags D'Arcy arrived into the school to impart some very important advice to the students on the positive impact of sport on a person's physical and mental well-being.

The event was sponsored by McCauley's pharmacy which was represented by Ray Hynes on the day.

There was a lot of interaction between the visitors and the students who were able to ask questions relating to the stars' own experiences of maintaining wellness and positive mental health.

Mr Fitzgerald spoke about his time in school and focussed particularly on the harmful impact bullying had on him as he was growing up.

He also highlighted the importance of being kind and respectful in interactions with other people and of the value of enjoying the simple things in life.

Mr Fitzgerald also highlighted the importance of valuing the relationships the students have with close friends and family.

He finished by explaining how he had to make adjustments to his own lifestyle in recent years as a result of personal health issues.

He said diet was one of the things he needed to change.

His talk was informative and engaging and captured the interest of the students.

Wexford star Mags D'Arcy stressed the importance of a balanced lifestyle and she emphasised the importance of girls getting involved in sport as it instils discipline.

Ms D'Arcy said there are numerous benefits from being involved in a team.

She also encouraged the students to engage in lifelong learning and said that's also important for maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

Significantly, she also emphasised that age should never be a barrier to returning to education.

Oisin McConville reminisced about his childhood growing up during the troubles in Crossmaglen and the big part Gaelic football played in his formative years.

He spoke of his own personal issues with gambling and said his issues began with a small bet in the bookies when he was 14.

However, he said it escalated into much more serious gambling which had a serious detrimental impact on his relationship with family and friends.

He also said his gambling issues masked many of the underlying insecurities he had as an individual.

However, he pointed out how important sport and being part of a team were in terms of giving him an outlet free from gambling.

Liam Sharkey acted as MC for the event which was meticulously organised by Keith O'Hara and Cate Donohoe from the sports department.

Principal, Iain Wickham, thanked the Vice Chairperson of Wexford GAA, Michael Martin, for his help in organising the event.

Mr Wickham also thanked the special guest speakers, the event sponsors, and the students and staff who contributed to the event ensuring it was an excellent, informative occasion.

'The event certainly gave the students plenty of food for thought on how sport could play a part in maintaining their own well-being,' Mr Wickham told this newspaper.

Before the speakers left the students were united in wishing the Wexford hurling and camogie teams the best of luck in their respective 2019 championships and future campaigns.

Enniscorthy Guardian