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Mark Enright: Limerick jockey on life, depression, and his return to horse racing

Enright spoke about the constant tiredness and how he fought his way back from “the point of no return”.

Source: The42.ie/YouTube

LAST YEAR, MARK Enright took a few weeks away from horse racing, the sport he loved, because of what he said was an appendix problem.

In actual fact, he was suffering from depression.

After having a breakdown one day, he spoke with Dr Adrian McGoldrick from the Turf Club, who diagnosed him with depression but told him ” a good share of the country are suffering from depression. It’s a very normal thing.”

It still took Enright a while to accept the fact that he had depression.

“I thought ‘Jesus I’ll be grand. You’re being soft. Toughen up a bit.’”

When Enright made his return to racing, he decided to clear the air and admitted the real reason for his absence in a piece in The Racing Post.

Over a year later, Enright is back riding horses and is loving it again. He spoke to The42.ie about his battle and how he overcame depression.

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