Drug and alcohol awareness week in Mayo

National and local sporting heros to attend seminar

Mayo’s second Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, which takes place next week (from November 12 to 16 ), will see a packed programme of activities and information events rolled out across the county, putting drugs and particularly alcohol under the spotlight. The week will have a special focus on the needs of families affected by substance misuse and the supports that are available to them.

The launch of the week will take place at Breaffy House Hotel on November 12 at 11am.

Some highlights of the week in Mayo include a GMIT students’ awareness campaign called Sozzled and a new play called Sins of the Mother about the generational effects of alcohol, which will be staged in Belmullet.

Track legend Sonia O’Sullivan will lead out a strong team of sports men and women at a special seminar to explore what it takes to succeed in sport in today’s world where injuries, heartache, losses, and set-backs have to be overcome and where the lure of an easier life is never too far away.

The seminar, called Success in Sport – What Does it Take? will take place on Wednesday November 14 at Breaffy House Hotel starting at 7.30pm. It will be chaired by Ballinrobe native and well known GAA commentator Liam Horan. Ciaran Kelly, League and FAI Cup winner with Sligo Rovers, Mayo star Aidan O’Shea, Connacht Rugby player Gavin Duffy, and Brendan Murphy chairman of the ASAP committee of the GAA will also attend.

The open debate will explore all aspects of sporting life including issues such as: the relationship between sport and physical, emotional, and mental health; the thorny question of the relationship between sport and alcohol in a society where alcohol is an endemic part of all aspects of culture, including the sporting culture; the demands and pressures on high performance athletes – what do they have to say no to in order to get to the top; and the importance of leadership, management, and preparation so that teams and individuals can make winning a habit.

Tickets for this event can be booked through the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 904 7025 or email [email protected]


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