Rugby star and GA to play their part

Free Pics    WIth ComplimentsAlan Quinlan pictured during a Q and A in the Savoy Hotel as The RBS 6 Nations and Triple Crown Trophies visited the Ulster Bank branches on O Connel St and Dooradoyle in Limerick on Wednesday, as part of the Ulster Bank and RBS 6 Nations Trophy Tour, which is travelling across the country this week.The trophy tour is being held as part of Ulster Banks sponsorship community rugby in Ireland which includes the Ulster Bank League and Ulster Bank RugbyForce. Now in its third year, the RugbyForce initiative provides rugby clubs with the opportunity to win support packages to renovate their club and upgrade their facilities. This year, five clubs will receive a �5,000 prize, with one coming down to a public vote. Rugby clubs have until Friday, 12th April to enter RugbyForce on Ulster Banks dedicated rugby website - www.ulsterbank.com/rugby. Pic. Brian Arthur/ Press 22.
A GAA backed initiative and the experiences of an Irish rugby star will feature during Laois Connect mental health week events in Portlaoise.

A GAA backed initiative and the experiences of an Irish rugby star will feature during Laois Connect mental health week events in Portlaoise.

On Wednesday, October 2 the former Irish and Muster player, Alan Quinlan will speak at the Portlaoise Rugby Club. The sports man will tell give a talk on his experience and the need to look after mental health, seeking help and being more open with family and friends.

He will also talk about diet and exercise in mental health.

Dr Harry Barry, GP, will talk about depression at the same event which gets under way at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, October 1 an new programme called ‘Sport Your Mind’ will be launched at the Portlaoise GAA club in Rathleague. The HSE-backed initiative is supported by the GAA and will be delivered by Laois Sports Partnership.

The programme is aimed at parents and coaches and sets out to address mental health issues among teenagers throough clubs.

Martin Skelly, of the GAA’s Leinster Council will launch the event in Rathleague at 7.30pm.