Before moving over to England I was more than a part time participant in our local Gaelic football club. I wasn’t in the 1st team as this would have taken me into the professional league, not that ‘d have complained about that. I was in the third team squad and to be fair I wouldn’t have had it any other way. My job during the day was working with a local business fitting TV Aerials for www.jcvaerials.com. I enjoyed doing the job and the heights never bothered me. I had decided to learn as much as I could and eventually set up on my own as a Aerial & Satellite Engineer. However to do this I knew I needed to pay more attention at work to learn the job thoroughly. But there was a distraction.
It was that I was putting my heart and soul into playing Gaelic football at weekends and training most evenings. It’s not that I couldn’t perform at work due to tiredness but I was just going through the motions. In my heart I was a full time Gaelic Footballer and a part time Aerial Installer. In reality I needed to accept the truth and make the grown up decision of cutting down my time play the game. If I was ever to make enough money to stand on my own two feet and buy my own home I must set up on my own.
Out of the blue I got the opportunity to make a move over the Irish Sea to work as a TV Aerial Installer Blackpool. It was better money and the guy who was running the business was coming up for retirement in a few years. He was looking to bring a fitter on that would be able to run the company for him. I decided that this the right thing to go for and would be the stepping stone to being my own boss. Moving to Blackpool from Belfast was a bit of a culture shock. It’s not that Blackpool is busier or bigger, quite the opposite, Belfast is a large City and I was used to the business of what comes with that.
That move ended up being the best thing I did, since it powered me onto starting my own business as a TV Aerial Installer with a couple of lads working for me. I still miss playing football since there is no Gaelic football played in the UK. In my dreams I wish I could have been better at the game so that I could have played professionally. But as it is I can’t complain, since I moved I now have a lovely wife with 4 beautiful children, a life I wouldn’t swap for anything.