Hurling has fuelled the vast majority of anything that Diarmuid, (or Gizzy as he is known in hurling circles) has done up to this point.
Walking, or running away in a sense, to travel, at 28, after captaining Wexford for the previous two years, shifted his focus back to a healthier relationship with himself and the game.
He believes strongly in the athlete as a person first, athlete second, based on his experiences in top level sport.
Sitting the last couple of years of his career out, owing to chronic fatigue among other things, has been a great teacher for him, though crushing at the same time.
Diarmuid qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 2005 and has spent 6 years in the classroom, in Gaelscoil Charman in Wexford town. He’s currently on career break but intends to return to the classroom soon.
Throughout his career it can be said that Diarmuid ‘courted’ the media in search as he says, for his true calling.
This culminated in a year as co presenter on Newstalk’s Off The Ball, with regular slots on TG4 aswell as writing for a variety of publications including the Irish independant and the Sunday Business Post. Writing is the medium closest to his heart.
Having returned from a World trip in 2011, on which he made his Hurling Around the World video (worldsportsteam.org), he came back in to contact with an old foe but now friend, former Clare hurler Tony Griffin.
The learnings on his adventures aligned perfectly with the Soar ethos, and he served on the Board of Soar since their inception in 2011 but has sinced moved ‘downstairs’ to work on the frontline as the first wave of facilitators trained by the organisation.
As a teacher he could see the yearning in our young people for more meaningful engagement, and Soar seeks to provide the space for exactly that to happen. soar.ie
Nfheadar cathain a thosaigh se, ach ta baint laidir aige le cursai Gaeilge sa tir. Tuiginn se o chroi ce comh tabhachtach is ata se chun a bheith in ann fiu comhra bunusach a roinnt le daoine eile..
An trua is mo gan dabht sa tir dar liomsa, nios measa na aon fadhbanna eacnamaiochta sa tir faoi lathair na go gcaitheann muid dha bhliain deag ar scoil ag labhairt agus ag cleachtadh ar dteanga fein agus ag deireadh an lae, ni feidir linn taitneamh a bhaint as comhra simpli nadurtha.
Be the change you wish to see in the world - Ghandi
I want to live a full life. A life where I can say I tried. I fought. I loved. And I want to come home to myself at the end of each day and know that in the midst of that experience, I didn’t engage with anything at the cost of my soul.
Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara