GAA stars to grow a ‘mo’ for men’s health
2015-11-01 14:27:04 -

Top GAA stars have signed on as Movember ambassadors for the annual men’s health campaign, thanks to a partnership between the Movember Foundation, the GAA and the Gaelic Players Association.


Laois footballer and former AFL star Colm Begley, Dublin hurler and All-Star nominee Mark Schutte and Fermanagh full back Tiarnan Daly will be urging every GAA club across the country to register for the cause this year, and encouraging Irish men to talk about their health where they are most comfortable, whether standing pitch-side, in the dressing room or in the club bar.


Prostate cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in Ireland, effecting one in every eight Irish men, while testicular cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed in 15-40 year old men.


These diseases have affected every GAA club in Ireland, and by making members nationwide aware of the health issues that men face and by educating them, it’s hoped this year’s campaign can make a real difference.


Speaking about the partnership, GAA director general Paraic Duffy said: “We are delighted to partner with the Movember Foundation for 2015, and we look forward to welcoming them to Croke Park for the International Rules Test against Australia on 21 November.


“Our AFL counterparts have had a long association with Movember, and we may see some fine moustaches by match night.”


Movember founder Justin Coghlan who was in Dublin for the announcement, added that “like the GAA, Movember is all about community and positive change.


“Working with the GAA we hope to create awareness of the health issues men face and help Irish men to live longer, happier and healthier lives.”

TAGS : GAA Movember Gaelic Players Association Colm Begley Mark Shutte Tiarnan Daly Prostate Cancer Cancer Justin Coghlan
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