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The wonders of Kerry

Forgive my absence but we decided to spend last week in Kerry. We were blessed with some glorious sunshine from Saturday onwards.  It was a good decision. Killarney was the first stop on Good Friday and I played golf in fairly cold and miserable conditions on the Killeen course. Henry Longhurst the wonderful BBC golf

By |2017-01-30T12:52:12+00:00April 13th, 2015|Categories: Family Business, Golf Story, Keeping Fit|0 Comments

Irish Brokers Association lifetime achievement award 2015

It’s always nice when someone says well done and thanks. When it comes from your peers it’s unusual and so a bit special. It happened to me last Thursday evening in The Mansion House in Dublin when more than 500 financial advisors gathered at the annual awards ceremony to pay tribute to firms and individuals

By |2017-01-30T12:52:12+00:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Business & Family protection, Family Business, Life Insurance|0 Comments

Life is like riding a bicycle ..to keep your balance you must keep moving

  It’s hard to remember exactly what things were like economically in February 1971 when we started City Life but I do remember trying to arrange some house loans in the early 1980’s for some up and coming Cork house builders so that they could sell some of their houses. There was very little money

By |2017-01-30T12:52:12+00:00March 19th, 2015|Categories: Anything is possible, Business Tips, Family Business|0 Comments

John Francis Maguire

I would love to be able to go back in time and meet John Francis Maguire as he was probably a fascinating man. He was born 200 years ago in 1815 and was my mother Frances Dwyer’s great grandfather. During the week I was walking through Academy Street in Cork where one of our national

By |2017-01-30T12:52:12+00:00February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Family Business, Succession Planning|5 Comments

2015……….The year of the Retirement Plan!

In China they are currently celebrating The Year of The Horse. The Chinese year runs from 31st of January 2014 to the 18th of February 2015. They celebrate the year of the horse as the horse is to them a symbol of travelling swiftly to victory. In Ireland we don’t normally designate different years to

By |2017-01-30T12:52:12+00:00January 19th, 2015|Categories: Anything is possible, Family Business, Retirement Planning|0 Comments