Physical Therapist Liam Mulcahy has a clinic in the Woodlands Hotel in Adare.
Why I Love my Job by Physical Therapist Liam Mulcahy
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald
Liam Mulcahy is a physical therapist with a clinic in the Woodlands Hotel in Adare. He is also an ex-member of the Irish Defence Forces, having served overseas four times. He has a keen interest in sports, so his career change is something he adapted to quite quickly.
He works with neuromuscular injuries, pain management, dry needling, sports therapy, and cupping therapy. He is part of the Titleist Performance Institute, and has an on-site recovery room as well as a pool, sauna and steam room.
What was your childhood like and where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kilmallock. Growing up in the County was great. Community was so different back then. I loved playing sports. Everyone knew everyone.
Where does your passion for sports come from?
Growing up in Kilmallock it was all sports orientated. I grew up in Ash Hill. It was soccer after school every day, hail, rain or snow. My dad loved the GAA he’d bring to all the games regardless of where they were. My parents & coaches underage were great support.
Why did you decide to change your career?
I was 34. I was nearing the end of my contract in the army and wanted to do something different. Sports has always been a big part of my life I just felt this was the right move so I tried it part time for 3 years and then made the change over full time when I left the Defence Forces.
Tell me about your job and what you love most about it?
I work from my clinic in the Woodlands Hotel in Adare. This is a beautiful area with top class facilities. I work with Patrickswell GAA, Limerick Camogie, St Ailbes GAA and Mary Immaculate College. I also work with some elite runners, boxers , Hockey Players. The best parts are definitely restoring people back to full fitness and being a part of a winning team. It would be hard to nail down my favourite.
What have been some challenges in your career?
Definitely losing my daughter Sophie at a young age it’s been a total life adjustment. It’s never easy losing someone you love so much. On the flip side she along with my family are my greatest inspiration and the reason I strive for better day after day.
What is your greatest achievement in your career?
I know this may sound cliche but there’s been so many. It’s great being a part of a team or watching an Individual athlete achieve their goals knowing you have played some part in that journey. I do hope there is many more moments like this.
Who are your greatest inspirations both in work and life?
My wife and family have been through so much, we are a very tight unit and I couldn’t be in better company with them. I’m a lucky man.
Work wise I’ve come across a few I look at more so how they handle themselves away from their sports which shows their true characters this reflects back on to their achievements. There are 2 or 3 standouts but won’t name them here.
What advice would you give to people wanting to pursue a career in physical therapy?
Try it out, get involved, see if it’s the career for you. There’s long nights and early mornings . But like anything in life if you work hard at it you can achieve anything.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
If I am where I am in 5 years still doing what I love, healthy. I’ll be very happy. Short term goals are what I strive for most.
And lastly, what do you love most about Limerick
The Chicken Hut and Supermacs. Seriously, we are a unique brand. We live in a beautiful county. We tend to help each other out when the times are tough. Also our Sporting passion is next to none.
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