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Dublin GAA star Shane Carthy's depression battle revealed

The news was confirmed in a statement this evening.

Carthy has been one of the stars of the Dublin U21 side this year.
Carthy has been one of the stars of the Dublin U21 side this year.
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DUBLIN GAA HAVE revealed that under-21 star Shane Carthy is currently receiving treatment for depression.

A statement, which confirmed the news this evening, read as follows:

“The Dublin County Board, the Dublin Senior and U21 Football management teams would like to report that senior and U21 footballer Shane Carthy is
currently receiving treatment for depression.

“We are satisfied that Shane is receiving all the necessary support and are happy to report that he is making progress with his illness.

“We would ask all units of the media and indeed the wider GAA family to support Shane and his family on this matter and to respect their privacy. We would directly appeal to reporters not to contact the family or family friends. Shane is a 19-year-old dealing with a serious problem and we are confident that his and his family’s wishes will be respected.

“We would like to thank both football management teams and panels and the Naomh Mearnóg club for their support for Shane during this difficult time. Over the past few years the media and GAA players have been to the forefront in helping to promote positive messages about mental health and this is to be very much welcomed and supported.”

Carthy has been a key part of the Dublin U21 side in recent times and has also featured for the senior team in the league this year.

He was named man-of-the-match against Meath in this year’s Leinster U21 final, though he didn’t play in the team’s All-Ireland semi-final against Cavan.


If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, please contact one of the following helplines:

  • Samaritans 116123 or email
  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634
  • Console 1800 201 890
  • Aware 1890 303 302
  • Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email
  • Childline 1800 66 66 66

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