Dublin footballer Shane Carthy says he owes his life to current manager Dessie Farrell.

Speaking on RTÉ's Late Late Show, the Naomh Mearnóg player pointed to a cup of coffee he had with his then under-21 county manager in 2014.

It led to him getting the help he needed as he dealt with mental heath issues.

"I owe Dessie my life," he admitted.

"I confided in him because Dessie had previous with depression. He was also previously a psychiatric nurse so I trusted in him.

"I met him in Santry for a cup of coffee. People were having their breakfast, their morning coffee, and I was in a flood of tears.

"I was embarrassed. I was in a packed coffee shop, and for 45 of the 50 minutes I was in tears.

"For the five minutes I did get to speak to Dessie I let him in on what was going on for me for the previous two years.

"He promised me that I'd get the help that I so deeply needed. He set me up with an appointment with a psychologist just two days later.

"I had never got to that (stage before)."

Dessie Farrell

Carthy went on to spend 11 weeks in St Patrick's Mental Health Services in Dublin, a period he calls "the most difficult" in his life.

"I was facing up to things that I'd put away for far too long, that brought me to the point of suicidal ideation," he explains.

"It was hugely difficult talking to psychologists, doctors, nurses, and unearthing these things that had clouded me for so long."

He says that the episode provided him with clarity and saw him make a decision to use his profile to help those who might be suffering in silence.

"One day I came to the realisation that I needed to step up to the pedestal that I'd shied away from for so long.

"This man living this 'idyllic' life, this prodigy, can go through difficult times and so can you.

"It was certainly a learning process," he clarifies. "It was the start of my journey outside. It was a rebooting of my mind."

Dublin won a sixth All-Ireland football title in a row last month and the 26-year-old says he wants to play for the county under Farrell once more.

"I've massive ambitions to get back there," he begins.

"I've loved the game of Gaelic football since the age of four or five. There's nothing more I'd love to do than pull on that Dublin jersey yet again.

"I do (see a return). I love it so much and I'm training so hard just to get that call again.

"I'd be so grateful if I did (and) to be in such a prestigious position to be in the Dublin senior set up."

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