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Davy Fitzgerald reveals childhood bullying pain

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 12:49 | Comments

Davy Fitzgerald revealed how he was bullied as a child
Davy Fitzgerald revealed how he was bullied as a child

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Clare’s All-Ireland final winning manager Davy Fitzgerald has revealed that he was bullied as a child and that has informed his work in anti-bullying campaigns.

Speaking on RTÉ radio, Fitzgerald said that he suffered regularly bullying as a child on the bus to and from his school.

“I can remember one evening getting my shirt pulled off me and them writing all over my body, and then throwing my shoes out the window,” he said.

"It got to the stage where, instead of getting the bus to Sixmilebridge, I would take the bus from Ennis to Shannon and thumb it from there."

"The lads I went to school with would play soccer on a Friday, and they never invited me. One day they did, and I thought it was great. But the day I went in, I got absolutely kicked and battered and bruised all over.

"The only reason they got me in was to have a go at me. It isn't a nice thing, I can tell you."

The Clare manager speaks out against bullying at schools now and has been involved in a GAA anti-bullying campaign.

"I hate to see people picking on anyone else. I just took it that I wasn't going to let anyone look down on me or do that to me,” he said.

"Luckily, I stuck strong enough to it. When I would go out and talk to young people and coaching, I always watch for that.

"No matter how much talent we have, how much money we have, it doesn't matter. We come into this life with no money and we leave with no money, we're all the same as far as I'm concerned, at the end of the day.

"We should treat people with respect. It's one thing I would be very conscious of.

"It doesn't cost anything to be nice."

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