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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”. / 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 about his battle and how he overcame depression.

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