Ryan praised the “fantastic” Spring Into Health programme, and encouraged young and old to look after their health. “No matter what age you are, whether you’re five or 85, it doesn’t matter - you still have to look after yourself and we are all very conscious of that,” Ryan said.
Ryan said the whole community and social concept of Place4U has been nothing but a success. “Number one in terms of restoring an old, treasured building in Clonmel. Number two, getting a vibrant bunch of young fellas like ye in here to use it and all the mentors that come with it and obviously the ETB in what they have done for ye too in terms of funding which is hugely, hugely important”.
A good-spirited Ryan received affection from the group, who wished his team all the best against Clare in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash at Semple Stadium on Sunday. “Ye have a bit to go. I was just watching some of the behaviours of [some of ye]. Basically another ten weeks wouldn’t go astray,” Ryan joked.
“I see ye enjoyed your time together lads and that’s the whole point of it - ye are going to make new friendships and have a bit of craic and it's something to look forward to. Whether you’re having a great day or a poor day, having routine and somewhere to go and something to do challenges your thinking [and] challenges you physically. [It] is a great start to any day or any time of the day that you can fit it in.
“Well done. Don’t stop now! The Spring Into Health programme might be done but you have to find something else now, so whatever that is - drive into it!
“I don’t mind what sport you play. GAA is my sport but if it’s cricket, soccer, rugby - it really doesn’t matter as long as you’re active and involved in something,” he added.
Read more in The Nationalist on Wednesday.