An Irishman Abroad

Gareth Farrelly: Episode 312

September 7, 2019

It’s hard to find a story more powerful than Gareth Farrelly's. Gareth was scouted from Home Farm to play for Aston Villa before his 15th birthday, he left home and began life in pro football like so many before him, homesick and unprepared for what would follow. The bullying he would suffer at the hands of a respected youth coach at the club would push him to the brink of suicide but he didn’t give in. Download this episode and listen to this incredible story and how a bizarre life threatening illness suddenly changed the course of his life. How does a pro football player jack it all in to become a lawyer and why? It’s all in this bumper episode of An Irishman Abroad. 

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