Growing up in a small village outside Cashel, Tipperary, I was fascinated by the various sports being played in the town and the diversity of sport in nearby Rockwell College. I learned early in life the importance of sport in building community and the opportunity it offered for preparing the young athletes for the challenges of life itself.
As a young married man, now living in Dublin I became involved with Ballyboden Saint Enda’s GAA Club. It was here that I would immerse myself in preparation for the role as a responsible club team manager. I knew that this commitment would involve a return to college part-time and further study.
Over the next few years I attended UCD and obtained diplomas in both Sports Medicine and Sports Physiology and shortly after I became a Registered First Aid Instructor. In my job as a mechanical engineer for a multinational FMCG company, I was asked to accept the position of Health & Safety Coordinator with responsibility for over 1,500 employees.
I appreciate the importance of proper coaching from warm up pre-sport activity to cooling down, managing acute injuries and the prevention of foreseen preventable injuries.
This was the real opportunity to continue my passion and start up First Aid Direct now operating and serving the community over 26 years later.
First Aid Direct launch night
An all star cast and sporting legends: Emmet Carroll, Dublin Hurling; Michael Duignan, All Ireland winner Offaly , All Star and TV Commentator; Brian Stynes, All Ireland winner Dublin and Australian Rules star; Nicky English, All Ireland winner Tipperary and TV Commentator.