Tuesday 26 March 2019

Bobby Kerr: 'I have my girls back around me for Christmas'

FAMILY MAN: Bobby Kerr (57) with his daughters Michaela (19), Emily (24), Meghan (26), and Rebecca (21). Photo: Mark Condren
FAMILY MAN: Bobby Kerr (57) with his daughters Michaela (19), Emily (24), Meghan (26), and Rebecca (21). Photo: Mark Condren
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

He once described how he was late for his daughter's Communion because he was fixing a broken coffee machine, but the man who has just sold Ireland's biggest coffee chain finally has his priorities in order.

After battling cancer, Bobby Kerr sold Insomnia Coffee earlier this month, and was in high spirits as his daughters flew in from around the world to be by his side for Christmas.

Last Friday, the businessman and broadcaster - who has received the all-clear from his head and neck cancer - spoke of his excitement at travelling to the airport to pick up his family members.

He told the Sunday Independent: "I value every day more than I would have done in the past. You only need so much to live and enjoy life. I will still invest in smaller businesses and do the things I want to do like broadcasting but I also want to spend more time doing other things I enjoy. I will do some travelling next year and I will go to see the girls."

Speaking about his clear bill of health, he said: "There is always a fear, the little niggle there at the back of your mind, but I don't know if I can do anything about that anyway and I am in 100pc positive health now so I am happy."

The 57-year old has also described how he has embraced a new passion: "I found my love for running after I got sick. I run 36km a week at 6am along Dun Laoghaire pier. I will swim on Christmas Day, like I have done for the past 15 years, and I'll be back out running on St Stephen's morning."

Speaking about what he is enjoying most about the holiday, he said: "Just having them all home again. The house used to be very busy, like Heuston station, years ago with all the comings and going so having them back again has been great."

He spent yesterday afternoon having a long lunch with his wife Mary and daughters Meghan (26), Emily (24), Rebecca (21) and Michaela (19) by the Dublin coast. "I enjoyed every day of my working life for 30 years and I'll still work but in a different way. It might mean less hours - but that's no bad thing."

Sunday Independent

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