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In My Day: We quiz John Kivlahan on the time of his life

Q. What was your decade?

A. The 90s, the decade where life seemed so much simpler. I graduated and thought the world was my oyster, a time of expectancy and hope.

Q. What was life like back then?

A. It took a while to leave the student mentality behind, but the biggest change was happening locally as the Troubles began to end. It was fantastic to feel a new sense of safety and optimism.

Q. What where you listening to?

A. Nirvana were the kings of grunge with Pearl Jam, the Smashing Pumpkins and many more supplying the music to shape carefree times.

Q. And the style?

A. Except a coincidental affinity with grunge, style has never been my thing, during which my mother thought I had lost the plot. Then grown up life caught up with me; I got a proper job and had to buy a suit.

Q. What has changed since then?

A. I got married and had three kids. I also decided to change career, from financial services to fundraising. I feel so lucky to have found a career that makes a real difference.

Q. Was it better back then?

A. Different. The 90s were a time of ceasefires and raised hopes and I think it is only beginning to bear tangible results.

  • John is the regional fundraiser for Special Olympics Ireland.

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