Brian Keane’s 16th birthday present was a gym membership. The only snag – from a sheep farm in Maam Cross, Co Galway, the nearest gym at the time was 25 minutes away. However, for a young Brian this posed no problem at all, he hitched a lift every day after school.

“I used to thumb all the time, which is weird because you can’t do it now. Then my mum used to pick me up on her way home from work. I did that every day for my last two years of secondary school,” recalls Brian.