Alan and the business of sport

Picture: Alan with Anna Hanley during the question and answer session. Photo: Noel Browne.

MUNSTER and Ireland rugby legend Alan Quinlan drew parallels between business and sport when he spoke at a meeting in Waterford.

“You have to be resilient in business, just like in sport,” he told the Waterford Chamber and Permanent TSB Business Breakfast.

“The attitude has to be right,” he said. “And that is whether you are on the playing pitch or in business.

“The most successful sports people and business people have experienced set-backs and it can only make you stronger.”

THE most successful people have experienced set-backs and it can only make you stronger

Alan was taking part in a conversation session with Anna Hanley, Territory Sales Manager, Permanent TSB, and local branch financial consultant, Joss Jones.

He said his youthful ambition was always to play hurling for Tipperary. But the call of rugby took over and the professional game followed.

“We couldn’t believe we were actually getting paid to do something we would have done anyway,” he told the audience in the Granville Hotel.

Looking at Ireland’s chances in the Rugby World Cup, he said: “Teams have figured us out a bit at this stage.

“ I hope we will see something different in the World Cup because if we don’t we will be in trouble.”


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