Munster rugby players to discuss their personal mental health stories

Munster rugby players to discuss their personal mental health stories

Three well-known former Munster rugby players will take part in a mental wellbeing panel discussion in Thomond Park this Wednesday, May 25.

Alan Quinlan, Cathal Sheridan and Marcus Horan will speak at the event which is being organised by the Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association (IRUPA) in partnership with Zurich

 It is part of the ‘Tackle Your Feelings’ campaign and is free to attend. It takes place from 7.30pm to 9pm.

The panel will feature Munster scrum-half and Tackle Your Feelings Ambassador, Cathal Sheridan, who recently came forward to tell his own personal story about the impact of injury on his mental wellbeing. He will be joined by two Munster and Ireland rugby legends, Alan Quinlan who has openly spoken about his experience of tackling depression and Marcus Horan who will MC the event.

Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist and Tackle Your Feelings advisor, will add to the discussion by providing practical advice as to how attendees can proactively manage their mental wellbeing.

‘Tackle Your Feelings’ is an all island mental wellbeing campaign which sees national and international rugby stars come forward to tell their own personal story of the issues they have faced off the pitch.  The event is free to attend and to secure a place simply register on

Speaking about the event Cathal Sheridan said, “I would encourage anyone with an interest in their mental and emotional wellbeing to attend this event. It’s a great opportunity for people within the Munster community to come together to learn and discuss how they can tackle their own feelings.

“I hope in hearing my story others struggling will recognise that there are practical ways to resolve these feelings and will be encouraged to talk to people they trust and get support.”

Research conducted by IRUPA demonstrated that over half (53%) of Irish adults have gone through a challenging life event but did not discuss their feelings with anyone. Additionally, 71% feel that they would be treated differently if they had a mental health issue and other people knew about it.