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Watch: Compelling speech from ex-inter-county star on how hurling helped in tough times

Diarmuid ‘Gizzy’ Lyng was speaking at TEDx in Wexford.

DIARMUID ‘GIZZY’ LYNG proved himself time and time again on the hurling field for Wexford but he is also clearly an excellent public speaker.

Lyng is well known for being quite a character off the field, a deep thinker who has a love of travel and hurling.

You may well recall Lyng from his previous video, ‘Hurling around the World’ which featured Brian O’Driscoll, Paul McGrath and a host of inter-county hurlers and camogie players.

In his latest video, Lyng is speaking candidly at a conference called TEDx Wexford where he describes the importance of a hurl to him, the memories it holds and the power that it gives.

He also explains how hurling helped him through some dark times, yet it was something that held him back from developing away from the game.

I also see our history, our heritage and our language. It has sheltered me as well. I also see something of a vehicle, something that I used to paper over the cracks of my own self development. I see the times where I really struggled to grab a sense of myself, where I used it as a crutch in the absence of my own self-acceptance.

His speech certainly offers plenty of food for thought. Well worth a watch.

Source: TEDx Talks/YouTube

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and began at a conference in California in 1984.

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