A COUNTY Limerick hurler with a keen interest in physical fitness has combined his talents both on and off the pitch to launch his own business.
Aspiring personal trainer Barry Hennessy who is the goalkeeper with the Kilmallock senior hurling team has tapped into his entrepreneurial side at the tender age of 23. The sports star has launched Coliseum Sports Nutrition in Newcastle West.
“The fitness industry in Ireland is starting to boom. Even though we are in a recession, it is one of the biggest industries at the moment,” said the Kilmallock man of his decision to get involved in sports nutrition.
While Barry always had an interest in physical fitness and health – his mother Cliona is a pharmacist based in Kilmallock - this interest was heightened when he began playing sport at a more competitive level.
It was then that he began to see how a good diet and the right supplementation can boost performance.
“I always had a big interest in the gym and then in 2010 I got on the Limerick senior hurling panel,” he explained.
“It was from there that I became more interested in it. My eyes were opened to it – it’s such a huge industry.”
Opportunity came knocking then when a friend of his, Moss McAuliffe, who previously ran the business, Coliseum in Newcastle West, decided to move to Dublin with his family.
“He was looking for somebody he could trust to take it off his hands and keep it going. I thought the opportunity was too good to miss,” said Barry who rebranded the business Coliseum Sports Nutrition.
Products stocked in the premises include protein powders, carbohydrate powders, and energy drinks.
“We cater for everyone really,” said Barry. “There are weight loss products and energy work out products.”
While many of his customers are athletes looking for that extra edge, the store caters for people of all fitness levels.
“Those interested range from your top athlete down to someone with a low level of fitness,” Barry explained.
“Professional players, and, on the amateur side of it, inter county players, their whole daily diet and training resolves around supplementation. For them to play at the highest level possible and for their recovery they are supplementing with these products,” he explained.
To complement his business move into the world of sports nutrition, Barry, who is a former student of Ardscoil Ris on North Circular Road in the city, decided to complete a course in personal training with Image Fitness in Cork.
“I said I would do the personal training course to get an insight into how the body works and how supplements help it and I am hoping to do another sports nutrition course online in the coming weeks, he explained.
Coliseum Sports Nutrition on Church Street, Newcastle West is open Monday from 12pm to 6pm and from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.