Why we exist

Real Talks is a dynamic organisation founded by Alan O’Mara to create environments that allow people to have real, open and meaningful conversations.

We know that life throws up many inevitable challenges but we believe that having meaningful conversations can help us to successfully navigate them and live happier, healthier and more successful lives.

Our vision is to build compassionate and understanding communities that can connect and communicate more effectively with one another.

What we do

The following is a list of our most popular offerings;

  1. Podcast
  2. Presentation on Mental Health and Resilience
  3. ‘The Best is Yet To Come’ – the best selling memoir by Real Talks Founder Alan O’Mara

Real Talks Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by Alan O’Mara. Each Real Talks episode provides a prominent Irish figure with the opportunity to talk about life lessons, leadership, resilience, purpose, sport, passions and much more during a relaxed, meaningful and entertaining conversation. In Season 1, we hear from ten of the most fascinating and intriguing characters in modern GAA, including Dublin’s four time All-Ireland winner Kevin McManamon and Brendan Maher, Tipperary’s All-Ireland winning captain of 2016.

Subscribe to the show on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher to make sure don’t miss any episodes.

Real Talks Mental Health and Resilience Presentation 

Since Real Talks was founded in 2016, over 5,000 people have benefited from hearing Alan deliver this presentation and we have become renowned for the mixture of honesty, insight, humour and passion that we inject into the topic of health and wellbeing.

During each dialogue, Alan shares key experiences and learning’s from his journey through depression and uses them as a catalyst to start a meaningful conversations with others on the importance of looking after yourself, being more aware of others and having more real talks on a daily basis.

As part of this offering, each participant gets an eight page information booklet to take home and we also evaluate the session to prove our impact.

We tackle stigma head on, highlight support services and increase peoples understanding of mental health. Learn more about our results here. 

To arrange a real talk in your school, sports club or organisation, or for more information, please email info@realtalks.ie

The Best Is Yet To Come

As well as being the founder of Real Talks, Alan O’Mara is also the author of the best-selling memoir ‘The Best Is Yet To Come.’ The book is about the highs and lows of life and the thinking, questioning and wondering his depressed mind went through.

A Gaelic footballer with Cavan and an Ulster u21 champion, he became the first active senior inter-county player to go public about experiencing depression in 2013. Since then, Alan has become a leading mental health advocate and is a wellbeing ambassador to the HSE’s ‘Little Things’ campaign and the Gaelic Player’s Association.

The book is available to buy in EasonsAmazon and iBooks.