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Cavan football desperately needs to evolve

Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2017

**This article by Alan O'Mara, Real Talks Founder, first appeared in the Anglo Celt newspaper on June 22** ‘We don’t have the forwards’ has become the most commonly used phrase within Cavan football circles these days. I found myself nodding in agreement last week, desperately frustrated that we had once again ...

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Mental Health in the GAA

Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Underneath the jersey, GAA players are normal people too

In 2017, Real Talks partnered with the GAA to deliver 11 mental health workshops across Ulster as part of the GAA’s Healthy Club project. T...

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Finding balance along the Waterford way

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017

By Phil Weafer From the outset of episode 7 of the Real Talks podcast, you clearly get the sense that Noel Connors was born to be an intercounty hurler. His talent was embodied by his almost meteoric ascension through the Waterford ranks - he represented the county at Minor level when he was 15 ye...

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Eamon McGee – The Undeniable Rewards of Hard Work

Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2017

In the latest episode of the Real Talks Podcast with Alan O’Mara, former Donegal defender Eamon McGee covers so many topics in such an honest way, it’s inevitable he’s had national tongues wagging. Eamon opens up to such a degree that he reveals t...

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5 Lessons on Leadership

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017

**The Real Talks Podcast gives leading GAA players the opportunity to talk about life lessons, leadership, resilience, purpose, sport and other passions.**

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11 GAA clubs across Ulster to benefit from a ‘real talk’ with Alan O’Mara on mental health

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017

Real Talks, a dynamic organisation founded by Cavan GAA’s Alan O’Mara, have partnered with the GAA Healthy Club project to launch an exciting new initiative that will promote positive mental health in 11 GAA clubs in the north of Ireland over the next six weeks. This will be the first time a strategic and coordinated planned sequence of even...

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Real Talks with St. Aidan’s Comprehensive Cootehill

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016

92% of the 65 students better understood the importance of managing their mental health 91% were more aware of the little things that can help to develop resilience Earlier this week, we had a real talk with Leaving Cert students of St. Aidan's Comprehensive, Cootehill. In summary, the reaction of students to the Real Talks sessions held b...

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Real Talks with Connect Mental Health, Donegal

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016

92% of the 510 students better understood the importance of managing their mental health 93% were more aware of the little things that can help to develop resilience We recently had real talks with students of Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, Colaiste Colmcille, Ballsyhannon and Magh Ene College Bundoran thanks to the wonderful

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The unfair criticism of Rob Hennelly – a reply to the Anglo Celt and others

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It has been a long time since I came across an opinion piece in this newspaper that made me feel such a wide range of emotions, thoughts and feelings. As a goalkeeper with Cavan and a working journalist over the years, including with this paper, I fully accept criticism is part of any elite sport but the article by Paul Fitzpatrick, Sports Editor, ...

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Real Talks with Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

96% of the 146 students better understood the importance of managing their mental health. In summary, the reaction of students to the Real Talks session held by Alan O’Mara Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan was extremely positive and the main learning outcomes were achieved. Students better understood how to manage their own mental health, look out f...

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Time to Reflect: A review of May

Posted on Friday, June 3, 2016

May was a very busy month for us here at Real Talks as we worked with Aer Lingus, Warriors of The Light, Gaelic Players Association and schools in Galway, Monaghan and Louth among others.

The schools we worked with were St. Raphael's, Loughrea, Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney and St. Oliver's Community Co...

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Managing my Mental Health: My story

Posted on Saturday, March 5, 2016

To my friends and family, I was living the dream. But beneath the surface, I was caught in a nightmare world. I felt trapped, and alone.  I penned this story back in 2013 to show others that help is never far away. I didn't realise it at the time, but going public back then was the first step towards creating Real Talks - an organisation I am s...

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What I learned from my insomnia

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016

From having real talks with people all over the country on the topic of mental health, I have realised that depression has the potential to affect a person’s sleep pattern in two very different ways. There are those it stops from sleeping (me!) and those who will sleep too much. I can only talk about the former but insomnia always reminds me o...

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My journey of self discovery

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cavan goalkeeper Alan O’Mara became a household name a couple of years ago when he revealed his battle with depression. But what has he been doing since? The Anglo Celt's PAUL FITZPATRICK found out... Who was Alan O’Mara? A son, a brother, a journalism student and a footballer. We knew him best as a goal...

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