From fleeing Bulgaria to pursue bodybuilding to almost joining the priesthood – Wexford gym owner on his path to opening Olympia Gym

Marin Kisov came to Ireland in the 1990s with a dream of becoming a priest, while also pursuing a bodybuilding career. While the priesthood didn’t work out, running his own gym became his true calling, writes Amy Lewis

Fiona Robertson Hinble and Marin Kisov Pictured in Olypia Gym in Courtown. Pic: Jim Campbell

Amy LewisGorey Guardian

On arriving in Ireland in the early 1990s, Marin Kisov’s plan was to enter the priesthood while simultaneously working towards a long-held goal of becoming a professional bodybuilder.