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The GAA has always played a significant role in support of the health and wellbeing of the people of Ireland.   As clubs began seeking additional support and guidance to better enable them to respond to some of the health challenges of a modern Ireland, the Healthy Club Project was established in 2013.  


The Healthy Club model was developed with support from Healthy Ireland, the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, and a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by Irish Life.   Two test phases were successfully completed by 16 clubs (2013-15) and 58 clubs (2015-17).  We are currently in phase 3 of Healthy Clubs  (commenced in January 2018) of which St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh was successful in their application.   More than 200 clubs applied for this phase and 92 were selected.   The application required a 500 word submission outlining our motivation to become a healthy club.






























Our club has been selected to participate in Phase 3 of the GAA Healthy Club Project.   This phase will run for approximately 18 months.   More than 200 clubs applied for this phase and 92 were selected.   The application required a 500 word submission outlining our motivation to become a healthy club.




The aim of our Healthy Club project is to make our club a hub for healthy living in the community by helping raise awareness of organisations /supports/ that can enhance the wellbeing of individuals.



Some of the principles that underpin all Healthy Club


  • Recognise health and wellbeing as a core value;  one that is everyone’s responsibility with everyone having a role to play.

  • View health as something holistic that involves physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing.

  • Seek to make their club setting/environment as healthy as possible and set a good example through their practices, policies and partnerships.

  • Are community clubs that aim to extend their positive influence beyond their membership.

  • Are inclusive clubs that aim to offer people of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to participate in the club in a meaningful way, throughout their lifespan.

  • Are not expected to do everything themselves, but instead work in partnership to build stronger, more connected communities.

Our committee formed in March 2017 and are as follows;

Trish Maher (Health & Wellbeing Officer of Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh)

Grainne O’Connell

Charlotte McLoughlin

Lorraine Mc Cormack

Cathy Bresnan

Martina Carroll

Michael Finn

John McLoughlin

Alan  Clarke

Healthy Club in the News

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Healthy Club Gallery

Darkness into Light 

Darkness Into Light (DIL) is Pieta House’s flagship annual fundraising and awareness event. It started with approximately 400 people in the now iconic yellow DIL T-shirts walking the 5km course in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 2009. This year, we will have roughly 150 DIL venues across Ireland and worldwide. Last year we had 130,000 people sharing the light and helping us to promote suicide prevention and to tackle the stigma that leads people to the doors of Pieta House centres. 

Mind Matters


We were delighted to host an information evening with a varied panel of speakers to raise awareness of a number of topics such as Anxiety, Gambling, Depression and the importance of Positive Mental Health. Our panelists are Brent Pope (rugby analyst and positive mental health advocate), Oisin McConville (ex Armagh and Crossmaglen footballer, author of 'The Gambler' and now a trained counsellor) and Alan O'Mara(Plunketts and Cavan footballer and author of 'The Best is Yet to Come'). The event was facilitated by Tom Maher (Plunketts member and Director of Services, St. Patrick's Mental Health Services).