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Lockdown Teaches Davy Fitzgerald Lessons For Life

Lockdown Teaches Davy Fitzgerald Lessons For Life

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Davy Fitzgerald's glass has been half full. Even in the days of a trip to the Supermarket feeling like a Saturday night on the town, he thought there would be Sundays of significance.

As lockdown pared back our lives, Fitzgerald found enjoyment in the noise being turned off.

"Do you know, one of the big things I will take out of this is to spend more time around my Mam or Dad if I can," the Wexford manager said on Tuesday.

"I really enjoy going down to Mam and Dad a lot more. I live a very short distance from ‘em. Spending time with the people that really matter instead of rushing around the place.

"It's spending time with the people that really matter in your life, giving them a bit more time and making sure that you are as healthy as you possibly can be. It was massive for me, in them things. Very important.

"I can actually remember one evening, my sister lives right beside my Mam and Dad, just being out at her place and two or three of the neighbours passed up the road.

"We were well spread out but we were just mad to chat and talk away. We must have spent 20 minutes, half an hour, just talking away. You know what, that had been all lost.

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"That was something that we used to do years and years ago and it was actually fun, actually good. You were mad to talk to people that you mightn't have talked to because you were rushing around the place.

"I find myself flat to the mat at the moment but even in the last week or two there were a few times when I just threw down my phone and didn't bother with it.

"I wouldn't have done that before and I don't think that's any harm.

"I actually changed my number recently because I was getting absolutely hammered with different things. It's just nice to have your own bit of space and your own bit of time.

"I have probably appreciated that way more in lockdown, that I got that bit of time."

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Wexford senior hurling manager, Davy Fitzgerald, reflecting on some of the golden moments of his career at the EirGrid Official Timing Sponsorship launch. EirGrid, the state-owned company that develops and manages the flow of electricity across Ireland, has been a proud partner of the GAA since 2015. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Being involved with teams - like Sixmilebridge as a coach this summer and Wexford this winter - is not without danger for the 49-year-old. He's had serious health problems in the past.

"Listen, does it come into your head, of course it does. I was like everybody else.

"Was it a scary time at the start [of the pandemic]? Of course it was. Especially when you have a condition like that it is. The first month or two definitely helped myself get into a better place that I could take care of myself.

"But now it comes down to personal responsibility and trying to mind myself as much as I can and be precautious.

"The way I see life, even the mental side of things, for me, getting out and meeting a few people, I think it's so important. I have five stents, but I want to be involved.

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"It's my own personal choice to get out there and be involved. There is risks. I am prepared to take ‘em. I want to be as careful as I can in the meantime, but I don't want to stop my life, but I am aware of stuff I need to do better.

"I have a nice bit of weight loss that I want to try and keep off.

"I feel way better, more energetic.

"I did a lot of walking. I watched my calories big time. I got back on the bike, cycling. Did a small bit of running.

"But I find the last few weeks, since I'm up and down to Wexford, maybe I have neglected that a small bit. I've got to be wary of that.

"I feel I'm rushing around, I don't have as much time as I did but I've got to make it. I'm very aware of it."

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