Tony McManus returns to his alma mater!

Past pupil Tony McManus incl in Football team Sep 15Written by: Fiachra O’Connell, Ivor Moynihan, Conor McCarthy and Seán Cahill

Tony McManus came back to St. Brendan’s College on the 15th of September to give an inspirational speech to the students in Transition and 5th Years. He talked about his journey through life since he left St. Brendan’s which he accredited to a part of his success. It is fair to say his journey is quite different to most.

He spoke to us about his short career in a bank in Dublin where he

Past pupil Tony McManus with Gianmarco Rosati, James O'Dongohue, Cormac Fahy, Ciaran Spillane (back from left) Daniel O'Brien, Patrick Courtney, Gearoid Kerins, Finbarr Murphy, Cormac O'Donoghue and Kevin Cronin at St Brendan's College, Killarney.

Past pupil Tony McManus with Gianmarco Rosati, James O’Dongohue, Cormac Fahy, Ciaran Spillane (back from left) Daniel O’Brien, Patrick Courtney, Gearoid Kerins, Finbarr Murphy, Cormac O’Donoghue and Kevin Cronin at St Brendan’s College, Killarney.

felt he was in an environment that didn’t fulfil him. Despite hearing negativity all around him he decided to follow his dreams and move to the U.S.A. to pursue a career that made him happy. He talked about how he took big risks but despite it all, he stuck through and most importantly believed in himself.

After many years of sticking through the worst, and believing that he could accomplish anything, he is now very wealthy and lives in LA with his family. Even though he could have retired there and then, he decided he would continue the work that made him happy. Nearing the end of the speech he highlighted that whatever you may be passionate about, there is a career path that entices everyone.

Overall, we all though it was a worthwhile experience and it will shape our thoughts and ideas for the future, and will take the risks to pursue what we love to do.

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