Life After Sport“Sport has made you this person and then suddenly overnight it’s taken away from you.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Is there life after sport? What happens when sportspeople step away from the arena for the last time? When it comes to most careers, people in their mid-thirties tend to be approaching their professional peak, but whether you’re a professional rugby player or an (all-but) professional hurler, when you hit 35, your playing days are numbered. Damian Lawlor has spoken to fourteen Irish sportspeople about their experiences of transitioning from …

Retired at 31 ‘Now we’re actually living nomadically and travelling the world… it’s been amazing.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Kristie Shen broke the mould and stunned family and friends when she and her partner orchestrated a daring plan.  She told Ryan Tubridy about the experience. “I decided to retire at 31 and now we’re actually living nomadically and travelling the world.  That’s pretty weird amongst my circle of friends who are actually basically planning to do the whole regular …

Prof Michael O'Keeffe, on retirement at 65‘I’m better at what I do now than I was fifteen, twenty years ago.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Have you ever wondered why the retirement in so many countries across the Western world is set at 65? It seems an arbitrary age, particularly in the 21st-century, when most 65-year-olds are as fit and feisty as a 40-year-old would have been, half a century ago. It all goes back to Otto von Bismarck, who first proposed the idea in …

A retiree’s advice to his 25-year-old self. “Don’t invest in a pension!”

As heard on liveline

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If Sean Bracken, now in his early 60s, were to write to his 25-year-old self, what would he say? “Don’t invest in a pension!” That’s a fairly stark message, replied Joe Duffy on today’s Liveline. But yes, Sean stuck to his guns.  Having invested in his own pension for between 12 and 15 years, and now having started to draw …