Richie Sadlier

In Conversation with Lynn Ruane 

Saturday 16 November

Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

€7/€5 concession, Booking advised


Athletes live their lives in the spotlight, but how much do we really know about what happens off camera? Richie Sadlier will discuss his gripping memoir Recovering (Gill Books), sharing his experience coming back from a career ending injury in his early 20s, and the path his life took including the struggles he faced with alcoholism and his partying years, difficult family relationships, and the reinvention of himself which led to becoming a qualified psychotherapist. His memoir sparks important conversations about consent and toxic masculinity in today’s world.  Leading the discussion will be Lynn Ruane, senator and author of People Like Me (Gill Books).




Richie Sadlier is a former professional footballer, currently working as a television pundit and psychotherapist. He is a regular contributor to RTÉ radio, and the Second Captains sports podcasts, presenting The Player’s Chair. He also writes regularly for The Irish Times.

Senator Lynn Ruane is an independent member of Seanad Éireann, representing Trinity College graduates in the Oireachtas since 2016 and serving as the deputy leader of the Seanad Civil Engagement group during that time. She was elected to the Senate while President of Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union, where she gained entry as a mature student through the Trinity Access Programme. Her legislative priorities in office have focused on equality of access in education, gender equality & reproductive rights, tackling socio-economic inequality and advocating for progressive reforms of drug, migration and social welfare policies. Prior to her entry to politics, she developed addiction programmes for 15 years as a community worker in west Dublin. She is the author of the award-winning memoir, ‘People Like Me’.