James

James was a former player with Blackrock rugby team and came into Trust often. He worked in England and came back to Ireland in his eighties when he got ill and stayed in a hostel. Later, when he was in hospital, we asked one of our trustees who had a mutual interest in rugby to call and see him. He began to talk about his life and told how he had got caught in a scrum in which another player was seriously injured. He felt it was his fault and suffered from guilt all his life. He told us he drank to block out the pain of this memory. He was relieved to be able to talk about it after all these years.

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