PAURIC GRIMES: Stop kicking the can down the road

I WAS at a careers fair in my old school during the week. It was a pleasure to be back roaming through the walls of a place that had such a big impact on my life. I enjoyed school. I enjoyed the craic. I enjoyed the opportunities it presented, the relationships it forged and the shared […]

Pauric Grimes: Step outside your comfort zone

I WAS at a white collar boxing night over the weekend. Mayhem in the Mellon. And it was deadly. Never mind how well ran it was, the biggest part of its success came down to how well each and everyone one of the fighters performed. I’ve no doubt they all made it to bed that […]

PAURIC GRIMES: An ideal period for a fitness reset

THE pancakes will have been ate, the forehead crossed and the Lenten period kicked off. Now I’ll hold my hands up and say I’m not the most religious of folk, wouldn’t be a great attendee of mass and truth be told it’s not something that’s really on my radar currently. But, and there’s always a […]

PAURIC GRIMES: The importance of showing leadership

“A LEADER is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu. Something I’ve been doing more of this year is working directly with businesses on their staff wellness. Going out and delivering workshops on a range of topics to […]

PAURIC GRIMES: GAA and its alcohol relationship

HERE’S a topic that has a funny old relationship with people  across the GAA – alcohol. From drink bans to Monday clubs, the extreme nature of how alcohol is viewed within Gaelic games is a tricky one to truly grasp what the feeling on it is. And do those extreme relationships with drinking create problems […]

PAURIC GRIMES: Don’t hide behind your safety blanket

FOR the weekend past, with Glen reaching the All-Ireland Club final I think we can’t go by without chatting about the amount of attention a certain ginger maestro was getting up and down the country. The fact that by going overseas to make a go of things piqued the public’s interest in the first place, coming […]

PAURIC GRIMES: Two books to aid your self-development

I LOVE the energy that a new year brings. Fresh optimism. A real desire to make this year to be a better year than the previous, regardless of how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ it went. For men and women entering their first year not playing ball it can feel like a blank canvas. No structure to rely on, […]

Pauric Grimes – The cost of inaction – and other thoughts

THIS is as good a time of the year as any to reflect on what’s gone down over the previous 12 months. Look at your successes, failures, what you’ve learnt and what you need to keep working on. Once you’ve done that, the opportunity to create goals for the year ahead presents itself, but that’s a […]

PAURIC GRIMES: The 12 rounds of Christmas

AS soon as the page turns on the calendar at the end of November I get the fear. December is staring me in the face and that means the imminent return of one of the toughest sessions of the year. The 12 Rounds of Christmas. If you’ve never done it before, time to dig out your […]

PAURIC GRIMES: Dealing with the identity shift

IN conversations with retired players, especially those who have recently hung up the boots, one of the challenges that seems to be inescapable is “the identity shift”. From active player to retired player. From one part of the team to on your own. From collective thinking to individual focus. A lot of people seem to struggle […]