Munster hero's winning tactics
Former Munster and Ireland rugby player Frankie Sheahan was playing host at the Pendulum business and self-empowerment summit in Dublin yesterday.
The summit attracted a bumper line up of speakers including the Taoiseach, IAG boss Willie Walsh, and Greencore head honcho Patrick Coveney.
Sheahan, who now runs a motivational speaker business, organised the summit to try and inspire the 1,800 attendees to improve themselves.
The ex-hooker was buzzing around from room to room at Dublin's Convention Centre yesterday.
"I think that mental health is a huge issue these days," Sheahan told the Punt. "If we're out of shape physically we join a gym, but life is too fast at the moment, we don't really get an opportunity to exercise the mind.
"It's a case of asking these people who've achieved great success to come together, ask them what the magic ingredients are for them, bearing in mind that there were adverse times.
"I think by doing that people feel empowered because they see that these people, while they might look like they're up on a pedestal, they're actually human as well and they're open to human error."
Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended in the morning and produced a rather good gag at the beginning of his speech.
"Failte romhaibh ar fad go dti Baile atha Cliath agus go Oilean na hEireann - that means welcome to Dublin and welcome to Ireland for those of you who are Irish."