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“I regard being on the sideline of a big match as relaxation,” former Wexford manager Liam Griffin

“You have to make it a form of relaxation, and you have to enjoy it.”

Having led Wexford to All-Ireland glory in 1996, Liam Griffin has spent many a stressful game on the sideline. Although the pressure of managing at inter-county level is huge, he was never concerned about his ability to handle it.

“I always considered I was good and calm, but I want to be focused, 100%,” he said.

Speaking to host Tadhg Enright on The Architects of Business in partnership with JOE.ie, Liam spoke about his transition from hurling to the business world. Having successfully navigated the rocky shores of inter-county hurling, it was never a problem for him to stay focused on his ventures in hospitality, including Monart Spa.

Much like running a business, managing a hurling team requires a huge amount of focus. The margins are very thin, and the fastest field game in the world can certainly change in a heartbeat.

“If a fella pucks a ball out in the wrong direction and another fella wins it, he can stick the ball back over the bar from 80 yards. 80 yards! Over the bar, and you could be winning by a point. That’s a draw,” he said.

“You can’t drop your concentration at senior inter-county level. It’s not possible,” he said.

An EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Finalist in 2010, it certainly doesn’t seem like Liam Griffin took his eye off the ball in business either.

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