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WE WEAR MORE
THAN OUR COUNTY
COLOURS

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WE WEAR MORE
THAN OUR COUNTY
COLOURS

 
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"I truly believe that every person has unlimited potential, and that we all have a unique 'voice' which wants to be heard. Deep down, behind all the bullshit, we just want to be ourselves, and when people are given the opportunity to express their real selves, they can achieve whatever they want, they can have all the love, happiness and success they require. Very often this process starts simply by someone believing in them” 

Jim Stynes 

 

 

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Campaign Purpose


CAMPAIGN PURPOSE

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Campaign Purpose


CAMPAIGN PURPOSE

 
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Donal Óg Cusack

Chairman

I am a hurler. I am a goalkeeper. I am chairperson of the GPA. I am a member of the GAA. I am a son, a brother. I’m a gay man. When I came out to my team mates, we had lots of deep conversations about life and the meaning of the universe. I learned as much as anybody. Their loyalty to me then and since then has been one of the most moving and meaningful things in my life. It’s been a great positive. Being true to myself opened the world to me. I would encourage any player, if you have an issue, any issue, you need to talk about, then talk about it. Share the burden. I feel very proud that we in the GPA now have a service available that a large number of players have already taken up and found to be of great help in their lives.

We all feel stresses and pressures in different ways and a county jersey never made any of us bulletproof. We wear more than our county colours. This campaign, our programmes and in particular, our personal coaching and counselling programmes are confidential so please take that first step and call, you won’t regret it.

 
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Player Stories


PLAYER STORIES

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Player Stories


PLAYER STORIES

Alan O’Mara

'I am staring into space and thinking about how I have played a match with tears in the back of my eyes . . . ’ To his friends and family, Alan O’Mara was living the dream. But beneath the surface...

Niall McNamee

I made my debut with Offaly in 2003 against Laois. We drew. The replay was fixed for the following Monday week. I played, we lost by 3 points. I was 17 and in a days time was about to start my Leaving Cert...

Conor Cusack

During the Summer of 2013, 14 of my club colleagues and I took part in an event to cycle from Malin to Mizen Head over four days to raise funds for our new club development. As we departed Donegal, leapt through Leitrim...

 
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Wellbeing


TAKING CARE OF
YOUR WELLBEING

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Wellbeing


TAKING CARE OF
YOUR WELLBEING

 

Worries about college, work, money, family, a dip in form an injury . . . a player can have a rough day for a variety of reasons. These concerns are normal for an elite player. However, if we can get players talking about these concerns more regularly, we can prevent them turning into bigger issues down the line. This campaign is aimed at encouraging a more open environment for players to understand, and be more comfortable understanding, who they really are while also encouraging players to talk to each other and the GPA whenever the need arises.

 
 
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the GPA


THE WORK
OF THE GPA

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the GPA


THE WORK
OF THE GPA

 

The Gaelic Players Association is dedicated to county players throughout their lives and guided by the principles of excellence, commitment, compassion and transparency.

Established in 1999 the GPA exists to support gaelic players who are amateur athletes but train and work as professionals. The Player Development Programme was initiated in 2010 and provides support to players in a number of areas such as education, careers, health and wellbeing, personal development and also supports players in financial difficulty. To read more about these resources please visit our website at www.gaelicplayers.com

 

 
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Contact


GET IN CONTACT
WITH US

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Contact


GET IN CONTACT
WITH US

 

Getting in contact is the
first step to feeling better.

If you are a GPA member and want to explore more, get in touch today siobhan@gaelicplayers.com or 01-8575686

If you would like to access our urgent counselling line
you can do so 24/7, 365 days a year 
ROI - 1800 989 285
NI - 0800 044 5059