Dublin GAA giants join ASI to bring ‘Sporting Memories’ to North Dublin this Weds 

by Rose Barrett
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This Wednesday July 5, The Alzheimer Society Of Ireland (ASI) will bring ‘Sporting Memories’ Programme to North Dublin at Na Fianna Clubhouse Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, at 2pm. And Dublin GAA greats like Barney Rock and Brian Talty will be in attendance, along with other special guests to reminisce on some historical GAA games and moments.

Ann Ryan, a Na Fianna stalwart, has been instrumental in organising this event and has been working with ASI and Noel Cocoman to make it happen. They are calling on strong Dublin GAA clubs to turn out and support the event.

The ‘Sporting Memories’ programme aims to tackle depression, and loneliness through safe, friendly sessions, led by people with a passion for sport and a desire to help people with dementia, their families, and supporters stay engaged in their communities. 

The ASI is encouraging people of all ages, including those living with dementia, to attend and reminisce about some of the county’s greatest sporting moments. 

John Costello, CEO of Dublin GAA said:We, at Dublin GAA, are delighted to be involved in this fantastic initiative organised by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland in Na Fianna GAA Club on July 5. I’d appeal to all our members to attend and bring along family and friends whose lives are impacted by Dementia as it will be of great interest.” 

There will be displays of match programmes, photographs, jerseys, and other memorabilia to enjoy. Sporting Memories events held in other parts of the country have garnered a positive response. 

“We hope to have people attend from the clubs across North Dublin including Na Fianna, Parnells, Erins Isle, Ballymun Kickhams, Craobh Chiarain, Raheny, Whitehall Colmcilles, St Vincent’s, Setanta, Scoil Ui Chonaill, Trinity Gaels, O’Tooles, Rosmini Gaels and St, Finbarr’s. However anyone is more than welcome to attend.  Memorabilia is being arranged from GAA Museum in Thurles.”

National Community Engagement Manager at the ASI, Cathryn O’Leary, said: Sport plays a big part in the lives of so many people. Whether a person played a sport in their youth or later life, was a member of a local club, or watched and listened to matches and games, sport creates a sense of identity and a set of memories that can last a lifetime.

“We encourage as many as possible, especially those living with Dementia and their families, to come along and enjoy this opportunity to relive the great GAA moments from the past, to meet former stars and to enjoy being part of the GAA community once again.

“Sporting Memories brings people together to reminisce about their lives through the medium of sport, using images, video, and other tools to spark memories and encourage social engagement”.

Wednesday at 2pm, ‘Sporting Memories’ programme coming to Na Fianna Clubhouse Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, all welcome.

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Caption L-R: Noel Cocoman, Ann Ryan and National Community Engagement at The ASI Cathryn O’Leary

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