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Olympic champion Kelly Holmes ‘needed to do this now,’ announces she is gay
The 52-year-old revealed that she came out to her family and friends in 1997.
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Paul Pogba reveals he has suffered from depression in recent years
‘You will feel it in your body, in your head, and you can have a month, even a year, when you are not great. But you can’t say it – publicly anyway.’
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Wayne Rooney: ‘For long periods in my career I was suffering inside’
A new film about the Manchester United great is out this week.
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Explainer: Why are Covid restrictions lifting now?
Most measures will be lifted tomorrow. Experts say there are good reasons for this.
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Government confirm sporting events to return to full capacity from tomorrow
Munster Rugby have reacted by releasing an additional 11,000 tickets for Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup meeting with Wasps.
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'Learning how to look after yourself mentally is a huge stepping stone'
Hannah Looney’s mental health journey can be an example to all GAA players.
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Former Man United defender Patrice Evra alleges he was sexually abused as a teenager
The former France and Man United defender says he wants to make sure children who suffer abuse ‘do not blame themselves’.
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I didn’t do this on my own – Gareth Thomas hails support for his HIV mission
‘I am only who I am because of the people around me,’ the former Wales star says.
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Real Madrid target Mbappe reveals he told PSG he wanted to leave in July
The French World Cup winner has refused to sign an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
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Government confirm increased crowds at sports events from 6 September
Stadiums will be allowed 50% capacity from 6 September, and 75% if crowds are fully vaccinated.
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'Realistically, where am I going to go back to? The Championship? Top of League One?'
‘Perception, that’s the most important word in football. People think I’m probably not up to it, they see me on the television and see me as a bit of a headcase. I don’t think I am.’
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Croke Park to host 18,000 supporters for Leinster hurling final
There will also be increased crowds for the Leinster SFC semi-finals and the Munster SHC final.
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Tickets for James Vincent McMorrow pilot gig sell out in 30 minutes after 'phenomenal' demand
The gig, which will also feature Sorcha Richardson, is the first in a series of pilot events held as Ireland comes out of lockdown.
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Two-time All-Ireland winner reveals he recently underwent testicular cancer surgery
Former Tipperary defender James Barry had the operation in April.
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'Vast majority' of Covid-19 restrictions hoped to be gone by August, Tánaiste says
“I’m hoping that that’s the month when things are relatively normal again,” Leo Varadkar has said.
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Karen Carney says she had suicidal thoughts after receiving online abuse
The former England international deleted her Twitter account in December following a barrage of abusive messages.
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'I had a panic attack on the pitch, but I didn't know what it was at the time'
DLR Waves star Katie Burdis delves deeper into her mental health struggles, and stresses the importance of speaking up.
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'To be honest, from 2017 to 2019, I heard something in every single game about my weight'
Meath All-Ireland winner and Intermediate Player of the Year Vikki Wall speaks candidly about the regular verbal abuse she has been subjected to on the pitch.
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Former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe reveals he is 'in a dark place' suffering from depression
The player has started rehabilitation to improve his mental health after crashing his car into a coffee shop.
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'It's scandalous that lads don't feel comfortable in those jerseys' - body image in GAA
Johnny McMahon – or Johnny Smacks of The 2 Johnnies – delves deeper into a brilliant podcast discussion with The42.
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'We can't bring Gary back but we can try and help other people'
Dublin star Lauren Magee speaks about a recent family tragedy in the hope of helping others.
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'It's really important for others to see players as people with problems, and not just players'
Tipperary dual star Roisin Howard discusses the WGPA column she penned ahead of today’s All-Ireland camogie semi-final.
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'Camogie kind of saved my life. You wouldn't heal, but you learn to deal with what happened'
Waterford goalkeeper Brianna O’Regan opens up on how camogie has shaped her life following a tragic event from her childhood.
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'Most nights, I cried myself to sleep': Former Wallabies prop Palmer pens powerful column on his sexuality
Former Australian rugby international Dan Palmer opens up on his sexuality, noting that Isreal Folau’s homophobic comments spurred him to speak out.
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Social media abuse became ‘too much for me’, says ex-England star and pundit Alex Scott
The footballer-turned-pundit says she is taking the hit of online abuse in order to pave the way for others.
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'He lived the best life he could, he smiled every day and enjoyed everything. I take that into my life'
Death, grief, joy, elation: Leanne Kiernan has had to overcome a lot on her journey so far. Having recently turned 21, the Ireland and West Ham star reflects on her remarkable rise.
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Presenter Nick Hancock 'appalled' with himself for mocking Luke Chadwick on TV
The ex-Manchester United player has admitted that he used to ‘dread it’ when ‘They Think It’s All Over’ came on.
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Italy to re-open borders to tourists from June
A nationwide shutdown has effectively ended tourism in a country heavily dependent on the industry.
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'I'm not meant to look but these messages still hit me so hard' - Wright reveals online racist abuse
Leading anti-racism charities condemned the incident after Wright went public with the messages.
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Italy begins easing world's longest country-wide coronavirus lockdown
It comes after the country reported its lowest toll since 10 March yesterday.
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Countries around the world including the US and India begin to lift restrictions
It comes as the global death toll has edged closer to 200,000.
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'Everything clouds over and goes dark' - Barca great Iniesta reveals battle with depression
Iniesta endured a difficult time after the death of his friend Dani Jarque.
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'You aren't thinking about anybody. You just want the pain to stop, and you'll go to any extreme to do it'
Tyrone and Dromore 21-year-old Oran Sludden delves deeper into his story and mental health struggles – and shares messages of hope.
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'You've dealt with one of the hardest things life can throw at you when you're 14. Nothing can get much harder'
Ireland rugby star Eimear Considine shares her story, and opens up on the impact of her father’s tragic death.
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'I wanted to end it all. I thought I was a burden on everyone'
Ireland and Glasgow City star Clare Shine delves deeper into her mental health struggles.
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No private plane, no plastics as Lewis Hamilton declares: 'I'm only human'
The five-time world champion is on the brink of possibly claiming a sixth title at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
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'My life was turned upside down by having two kids on my own at the age of 18' - Stephen Ireland
Now 33, the ex-Ireland and Manchester City midfielder has opened up about his fall-out from international football and the demise of his club career.
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'You're just accepted for who you are and that's the way it should be in men's or women's football'
Ireland captain Katie McCabe reflects on the positive reaction since opening up about her relationship with team-mate Ruesha Littlejohn.
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'I hated rugby' - retired All Black Dagg on mental health battle
Israel Dagg retired last week due to a chronic knee injury.
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'The big thing for me was to show it's not just depression and anxiety. There's loads of mental health issues'
Roscommon footballer Amanda McLoone reached out to the WGPA counselling service last year when she began to feel overwhelmed in her life.