Michael Darragh Macauley desires to make a difference.
The 2013 Footballer of the Year has without a doubt carried out that on the sphere, prevailing six All-Ireland medals with Dublin considering 2011.
But it’s far away from the sport the 32-yr-old is absolutely hoping to virtually make a distinction.
A circuitous profession route has taken him from the coverage industry to coaching, and network work thru yoga practise.
He is currently operating with Dublin North East Inner City (NEIC) as Community Sports Engagement Manager.
Macauley explains: “It’s a holistic approach to the region and that they’re looking in any respect ends. My role is to get people more lively. There are human beings right here doing that already, doing a brilliant process, and we’re here simply to pressure it on a chunk greater.
“It’s an top notch place with fantastic humans doing remarkable paintings and we simply need to focus on that and supply as many humans as we will the potential to get involved with game.”
Macauley’s patch runs from Sheriff Street, down near the Liffey, to Ballybough and from Sean McDermott Street, that is just off O’Connell Street, to the famous Five Lamps. In the background of all of that is the close by Croke Park, in which he made his name.
It is a place of social deprivation, unemployment and capsules, sitting facet-by way of-side with the bright homes and new cash of the IFSC. But it’s additionally a place of excellent community spirit, difficult people and wonderful people.
It’s a long, long manner from in which he grew up in Rathfarnham, the son of a GP and a Blackrock College boy, even though there are slightly ten miles between the haves and feature-nots on a map of the Dublin.
“We want to offer them the role fashions I never even realised that I had as a teen that they mightn’t have had round here,” stated the Ballyboden St Enda’s powerhouse midfielder.
“My Dad might have been a huge position model, Micheal as properly therefore the Michael Darragh. He becomes the doctor for the area, he spent his complete life looking to make people better, and I noticed the kick that gave him.
“I had a short stint in coverage, and it turned into the most crucial job I ever had because I realised I couldn’t do a table process 9-to-5. The organization was wonderful and that it had been clearly right to me. However it just wasn’t for me.
“I always enjoyed helping humans go approximately their day a touch bit better, be that in sport or lifestyles or training. I suppose that’s how I ended up here.
“It’s simply being conscious that there are more human beings in the world than yourself and that everybody is going through something. Not everyone in lifestyles changed into given the possibilities that I had or my buddies had.