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In Pictures: Comedian and mental health advocate Rory’s Stories gives inspirational talk in Laois

Laois PPN hosted comedian and mental health advocate Rory O’Connor aka Rory’s Stories for a talk recently.

“Rory’s Stories – An Unexpected Journey to Self-Belief” was part of Laois Connects, which promotes positive mental health.

It took place on Wednesday October 27, at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.

On the night, Rory told his story – his struggles in school, in work, with a gambling addiction and his own mental health.

The boy labelled as thick in school would later find out he is dyslexic, is now a best-selling author.

The man who struggled to find a career he could succeed in is now a stand-up comedian selling out venues around Ireland with a social media following of over a million.

A gambling addiction which gnawed at this self-esteem, struggling with depression, he now uses his social media presence to promote positive mental health, the importance of knowing your own worth and being happy in life.

Dan Bergin Laois PPN Resource Worker said, “There was a wide variety of groups from across the County in attendance, which shows the appeal of Rory O’Connor and the importance of his message on positive mental health.

“Rory told of his struggles with mental health and the positive steps he had taken to help him with this.

“The honesty and humour which Rory used to tell his story stuck a chord with so many in attendance both young and old.”

After a Q&A session Rory took time to pose for photos.

Attendees were treated to refreshments supplied by the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.

The event which was free for Laois PPN member groups was fully booked and highly praised by attendees.

Laois PPN would like to extend their thanks to Alex Kent, Abbeyleix Manor Hotel for hosting on the night and to Rory O’Connor for sharing his story.

Check out some great pictures from Michael Scully below:

Dan Bergin (Laois PPN ), Rory O’Connor, Ailish Keane (Laois PPN) and Alex Kent ( Manor Hotel)
Emer O’Brien, Rory O’Connor and Noeleen Dunphy.

Sinead and Emmet Ging and Aoibheann Ni Fhaolain.
Mary O’Dwyer and Ellen Hyland
Dan Bergin (Laois PPN ), Rory O’Connor and Emmet Ging.
John Oxley ( Laois PPN ), Giuliana Alfieri, Laura and Gavin Kelly
Declan and Amiee Morrissey and Philip Nash.
Aileen Soye and Mark Kavanagh.
Tom Jones, Shane O’Gorman and Tom Gorry.
Noeleen Dunphy, Emer O’Brien, Donal and Amy O’Shea
Hannah and Ingrid Condell, Alison Bulfin and Gary Condell.
Billy and Bernie O’Connor

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.