There’s no end to the success and influence that some of Dublin’s Gaelic athletes have on their local communities. And none more than Ballymun’s Philly McMahon.
McMahon, as we all know grew up in a disadvantaged part of Dublin’s suburbs and and through his experiences has become a popular spokesperson for both the underprivileged and the many people who struggle with their own mental health.
Today saw the Dublin Full Back prepare to launch his “HalfTimeTalk” initiative, with the help of Dublin’s Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha at Dublin’s Mansion House.
“HalfTimeTalk” is a 16 Week Programme which uses the frameworks of sport and business to provide support for young people, to reinforce the self belief that they have a right, and the potential to be the best that they can be.
Philly’s vision, and that of “HalfTimeTalk”, is to nurture self-belief in the youth of every community by fostering empowerment, leadership and high performance.
The participants on the programme will be led down a suitable pathway, whether it be education, an apprenticeship, work placement or general life skills.
Speaking to Joe.ie about launching the initiative, McMahon said “Everyone needs a half time talk to reflect on what has gone before and to put strategies and focus in place to do better in the second half.”
“Losing my brother John in 2012 inspired me to go down a more positive pathway. John is my biggest role model and he is my motivation for setting up the charity. I believe that had HalfTimeTalk been in place when John was facing adversity, he might have gotten to play a better second half.”
“HalfTimeTalk” will be introduced in the Ballymun and Whitehall areas, with plans to expand over the coming years. And with DCU on their doorstep, the college president Brian McCraith is only happy to get involved.
“It’s a wonderful example of a social enterprise that provides a pathway to success through training and experiential learning. While DCU is very proud of the sporting and career achievements of our Alumnus, for Philly we are even more proud of his work to empower those encountering disadvantage.”
To get more information on “HalfTimeTalk” visit www.halftimetalk.ie
(image credit: halftimetalk.ie)