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Eamon McGee chats to Alan O’Mara in episode 6 of the ‘Real Talks’ podcast

The Donegal footballer talks about his life on and off the pitch.

Written by Conor McCreesh and posted in news

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In this episode the Gweedore man, talks about he coped with the struggles of leaving the structured environment of the GAA, by stepping outside the “Bubble.”

He also discovers that being a retired footballer is not the end of the world, as it can have its benefits as simple things like going to eat any time he wants, and having time to himself to read as he loves reading.

In the naughties he was renowned for being more of a partier than a footballer, as he had a good social life and enjoyed drinking with his friends, which sometimes had a negative effect on him as he would suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. He mentions that football was both a trigger and a release for anxiety.

The impact Jim McGuinness had on his footballing career and how he “opened the door” for Eamon and how he took this opportunity seriously by putting in all the hard work on and off the field.

Eamon also speaks about the time he received hate mail due to voting ‘Yes” in the marriage referendum. He said “To be honest with you, I was very ignorant of the whole thing. I thought we had moved past that stage and judging people on their sexuality.” As he received hate mail he also received a letter that made him feel ten feet tall as a young lad took a lot from his message and this inspired Eamon, to the realisation that “we're here to make a difference.”

In the closing stages of the interview Alan asked Eamon the question “If you could pass on one life lesson what would it be?” Eamon responded with “Just live everyday” and “That time is so precious.”

You can hear the entire interview here. Make sure you check out the rest of Season One of the Real Talks Podcast. Listen here or search for ‘Real Talks’ on iTunesSoundCloud or Stitcher.

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Published May 5th, 2017
Last updated February 19th, 2018
Tags mental health gaa sport
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