Sports stars open up about mental health struggles

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Alan O’Mara: ‘I let my football identity dictate who I was as a person’ Pictures: Inpho

'‘Fools,” said I. “ ‘You do not know, silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you, take my arms that I might reach you.’ But my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence' - Paul Simon


Alan O’Mara still remembers the day. It was March 10, 2013 and he was in goal for Cavan in a Division Three match that was living up to the billing. Going for a high ball, he came down hard, snapped an arm and quickly his eyes began to well up as he tried to hold it together. What he remembers most though is a fan shouting at him as he was helped to his...

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