Pendulum swings in the way of the Sheahan's as they win prestigious award
The pendulum has swung the way of former Irish rugby international Frankie Sheahan and his wife, Norma, who have been unveiled as the joint winners of the Cork Person(s) of the Month award for March.
Awards organiser and founder, Mallow native Manus O'Callaghan said the award "celebrated the ongoing success of their ground-breaking 'Pendulum' business venture".
Frankie Sheahan enjoyed a hugely successful career on the rugby pitch, playing 154 times for Munster and winning 29 caps for Ireland.
However, the former hooker was forced to retire from the game in 2009 at the young age of 32 as a result of persistent injuries.
Following his retirement he became an agent, worked as a media pundit and with his wife founded Front Row Speakers, an international speakers bureau and talent management agency.
While on the brink of bankruptcy Frankie and Norma founded the Pendulum brand, an international self-empowerment summit that takes place each year in Dublin.
The first summit took place in 2013 under the theme 'Getting Ireland Back On Track' and attracted more than 500 of the country's top businesses leaders, with keynote speaker Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield.
Over the following years delegate numbers continued to grow, with Deepak Chopra addressing the 2015 summit and US motivational speaker Tony Robbins the keynote speaker for the 2016 event, which attracted more than 3,500 international business leaders and influencers.
In 2017 the event was expanded to a two-day event, with American author and motivational speaker Jack Canfield delivering the keynote address.
The following year saw more than 7,000 delegates hear a presentation by Sir Richard Branson and in September ran its first international summit in New York with more than 600 delegates.
The most recent Irish summit in January of this year saw speakers including Boris John, Colin Farrell, Karren Brady CBE and Nick Vujicic address delegates.
In between all of this Frankie Sheahan was finally forced into bankruptcy in April, 2017 after Bank of Ireland turned down a personal insolvency arrangement he had offered in a bid to address debts of €1.1 million to the bank. Speaking on the success of the Pendulum Summit and the Sheahan's return from tough financial times, Manus O'Callaghan said theirs was a "great Cork business bounce-back story".
"The Sheahan's are a remarkable family. Here in Cork, we are so proud of all they have achieved, with the Pendulum Summit in Ireland and now New York and soon to be around the world," said Mr O'Callaghan.
"The family truly shines a light of hope on all those struggling financially today, proving that out of the darkness can come success," he added.
The Sheahan's now go forward, alongside the monthly winners selected throughout the coming year, for possible selection as 2019 Cork Person(s) of the Year.