36 episodes

Podcast by The Players Voice

The Players Voice Gaelic Players Association

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Podcast by The Players Voice

    Aishling Moloney

    Aishling Moloney

    Our host, Alan O’Mara, is joined this week by Tipperary’s Aishling Moloney. Since breaking on to the inter-county scene in 2017, Aishling has become one of the most feared forwards in gaelic football. She was a key player on the Tipperary ladies’ football team that won 2 Intermediate All-Ireland titles and was voted Player of the Year in 2019.

    Unfortunately the 2022 season played out without Moloney on the field, as the Tipperary ace battled to overcome an ACL injury and the complications that followed post-surgery. Aishling is open and honest about how the last 13 months have challenged her, both mentally and physically, in ways she never imagined.

    The sharpshooter shares some of the lessons she has learned on the long and winding road to recovery and why she is returning to gaelic games as both a better person and athlete. She also discusses heart troubles, how much things have improved for female GAA players in recent seasons and the challenges her inter-county peers are still facing.

    The Players’ Voice is a podcast brought to you by the Gaelic Players Association in collaboration with Real Talks. BEO 360 is a GPA programme that empowers inter-county players across 4 key areas - life skills, wellbeing, dual career and transitions. Please go to beo360.gaelicplayers.com to learn more.

    To listen to previous episodes with leading inter-county GAA players like Patrick Horgan and Vikki Wall, make sure to subscribe by searching 'The Players Voice' on whichever podcast platform you prefer. And while there, you would really be helping us out if you rated or reviewed the show.

    To find out more about Alan O’Mara’s work as a performance and wellbeing consultant, go to www.RealTalks.ie.

    Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Patrick Horgan

    Patrick Horgan

    Our host Alan O’Mara is joined this week by Cork’s Patrick Horgan. 2022 was a year to remember for the 34-year-old, as he became the top scorer of all-time in the hurling championship and a dad for the first time.

    Horgan explains why he is determined to continue playing for Cork next season. He also discusses how the game still finds new ways to challenge him after 15 campaigns at the elite level, and how he dealt with being dropped from the Cork starting team this summer.

    He shares how working with a sports psychologist helped achieve better sport/life balance and how much he has enjoyed founding Pro-Hurling, Ireland’s first hurling e-academy. To find out more, go to www.ProHurling.ie

    This podcast is brought to you as part of BEO 360, a GPA programme that empowers inter-county players across 4 key areas - life skills, wellbeing, dual career and transitions.

    To find out more about our host Alan O’Mara and his work as a performance and wellbeing consultant, please go to www.RealTalks.ie.

    Thanks for listening!

    • 55 min
    Conor McDonald

    Conor McDonald

    Conor McDonald’s rise to the top level of inter-county hurling was meteoric. In 2013, when most people his age were worried about the leaving cert, Conor was already living his dream having played for the Wexford minors, u21s and then the senior team in the space of a few short weeks. He was just 17 when he made his senior debut. He won three Leinster u21 titles in a row and helped Wexford win their first Leinster senior title for 15 years back in 2019.

    Conor has known who he was as a hurler since a very young age but his journey for self-discovery as a person is ongoing. He talks about fear of failure, identity, asking for help, developing weaknesses, entrepreneurship and much more.

    This podcast is brought to you as part of BEO 360, a GPA programme that empowers inter-county players across 4 key areas - life skills, wellbeing, dual career and transitions. Please go to beo360.gaelicplayers.com to learn more.

    To find out more about Alan O’Mara’s work as a performance and wellbeing consultant, please go to www.RealTalks.ie

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Vikki Wall

    Vikki Wall

    Vikki Wall speaks about how her life has changed since she became an All-Ireland champion and how adaptability, trust and vulnerability were at the heart of Meath’s success.


    She also discusses the verbal abuse she has received over the years, her search for sport/life balance, and how much she is looking forward to becoming a professional athlete later this year in the Australian Football League.


    The Players’ Voice is a podcast brought to you by the Gaelic Players Association in collaboration with Real Talks. Hosted by Alan O’Mara, this series features some of Ireland’s most inspiring athletes.


    Please go to beo360.gaelicplayers.com to learn more about BEO 360, a GPA programme that empowers inter-county players across 4 key areas - life skills, wellbeing, dual career and transitions.


    To find out more about Real Talks and their work as performance and wellbeing consultants, please go to www.RealTalks.ie.


    Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Lisa O'Rourke

    Lisa O'Rourke

    Our host Alan O’Mara is joined on the podcast this week by Lisa O’Rourke.


    On May 19, O’Rourke captured the hearts of the nation when she picked up the gold medal in the light middleweight division at the World Boxing Championships in Turkey.

    This was the 20 year old’s first ever appearance at the world championships but she is anything but an overnight success. Earlier this year she also won at the European u22 championships. We talk about life lessons learned from her climb through the boxing ranks, the benefit of having a sister, Aoife, who is an Olympic boxer, and why she still makes time to play inter-county football for Roscommon, and helped them win the Division 3 National League title this season.

    This podcast is brought to you as part of BEO 360, a GPA programme that empowers inter-county players across 4 key areas - life skills, wellbeing, dual career and transitions. Please go to beo360.gaelicplayers.com to learn more.

    • 54 min
    Colm Begley

    Colm Begley

    We were joined this week by Colm Begley of Laois, who officially announced his retirement from the inter-county game. Colm made his senior debut in 2005 but life soon took him in a very different direction. That direction was Down Under, when he secured a professional contract with Australian Football League team Brisbane Lions. Colm’s rise through the ranks of a new sport was remarkable and he was voted club rookie of the year in 2007. The Stradbally man played four years in the AFL before deciding to return home.

    Back in Ireland, he enjoyed 12 more seasons in the blue and white of Laois and learned the importance of developing Colm Begley the person, as well as the athlete. Transition was a key theme throughout this episode as Colm reflected on life lessons gathered from experiencing two elite sports. He is now the Player Welfare and Engagement Manager with the Gaelic Players Association.

    This podcast is brought to you as part of BEO 360, a GPA programme that empowers inter-county players across 4 key areas - life skills, wellbeing, dual career and transitions. Please go to beo360.gaelicplayers.com to learn more.

    To find out more about our host, Alan O’Mara, and his work as a performance and wellbeing consultant with sports teams and companies, please go to www.RealTalks.ie

    Enjoy The Players Voice with Colm Begley!

    • 1 hr 16 min

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The Players Voice is so honest and insightful. The episodes are so easy to listen to, and each time I feel like I’ve learned something. The players’ stories are so relatable. Can’t recommend this one enough.

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