Author – Hooligan with Paddy Holohan
When Paddy Holohan discovered mixed martial arts as a teenager, it was the first time his life settled into something approaching focus. Far removed from the chaos of the outside world, every bout reduced that maze of hardship to one simple proposition: survive – a task made all the more unlikely given Paddy’s rare form of haemophilia, which he kept secret from the MMA world for years. For the duration of his career, he was never more than one misplaced strike away from the end.
Why enter the Octagon knowing you might never leave? For Holohan, it would take a journey to the summit of his sport, and a high-profile fall from grace, to unravel the answer to that question and, with it, finally find some measure of redemption. This is his story.
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Co-Founder – Pundit Arena
Launched Pundit Arena (PA) in late November 2013.
We became the fastest independent sports website in Irish history to grow from zero to one million users.
Founded and grew the company from inception to over 2.5 million monthly users and one of Ireland’s largest sports media houses. Raised investment from in the US and Ireland, developed a live broadcasting arm and scaled the business to work with some of the biggest brands in Ireland and the UK (Heineken, AIG, Allianz, Canterbury, RFU) before exiting the business in 2020.
Secured partnerships with internationally recognised blue-chip brands such as AIG, Allianz, Heineken, The R&A, and Vodafone.
Also secured partnerships with Ireland’s top sporting bodies, such as the GAA, IRFU, FAI, and Sport Ireland.
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Co-Founder – One Zero
Founded an annual sports and technology conference where the key objective was to bring together real leadership voices within sport and to have an open public debate about where sport is heading in terms of technology, performance, ethics and more.
The conferences took place in venues in Dublin, including the RDS.
Guest sporting speakers included Open Champion Shane Lowry, World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward, and MMA coach John Kavanagh.
The conference gained notoriety when, at the eleventh hour, Lance Armstrong pulled out as guest speaker. This was a major learning curve personally on crisis management under the public eye.
You can read more on that learning curve here.