Tipperary senior hurler Eoin Kelly made a special visit to the 5th year students of CBS Secondary school in Carrick last Wednesday and delivered an inspirational talk to the boys ahead of their Leaving Cert year.
Drawing on influences leading up to his own successful career, Eoin Kelly shared his thoughts and beliefs of what it takes to succeed in sport, career and indeed all walks of life.
“To do well you must be prepared to put the work in and have the confidence and belief in all that you do”, he declared.
Mr Kelly told students that ‘The you, you see is the you you’ll be’.
He urged them to visualise doing well backed up with the effort of putting in the hard work be it in studies, sport, music or whatever they aspire to succeed in during their lives and encouraged them to enjoy the challenge of it all.
‘You must have the hunger to do well”, he said.
Eoin also told students that they would make friends for life through playing sport and how a great life in sports was also bound up with the discipline of training and positive focus.
And he pointed out that this can work well for business too.
His advice to the students was to ‘goal set’, ‘visualise’ and ‘be positive’ in life, and to stay involved in groups, clubs or societies.
“Stay with positive people and if you can’t say something positive to friends then don’t say it at all.”
Eoin spoke of getting inspiration from the many people he met in his life who just ‘never gave up’ and how important it was to keep away from negative people and to enjoy the ups and the challenges of the ‘downs’ in life.
The 5th year students enjoyed the anecdotal tales Eoin shared from special moments in his life and his openness to talk about his sporting career.
The students had time to question and talk to Eoin Kelly who was delighted to have been invited to the school by his young 5th year cousin there, Sean Bates.
Teacher Majella Gleeson, on behalf of CBS Secondary School, Carrick-on-Suir, thanked Eoin Kelly for taking the time out from his busy schedule to talk to the students.