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Noel Richardson, the director of the National Centre for Men’s Health in South East Technological University, chats with Mary McCarthy about his work to improve men’s health, and how he will not let Parkinson’s disease diminish his love of running

Noel Richardson with (from left) his wife Niamh, and daughters Grace, Maebh, Aoibhe and Ella after the women’s mini-marathon in Dublin last Sunday

Growing up in Limerick we had a little dairy farm where I helped out. I had five siblings and as the third son my prospects for the farm were not good.

I thought I wanted to be a teacher. I did a couple of years of an English and PE degree in UL before joining the Irish army as an officer cadet at the end of the second year. After I was commissioned and I’d finished my degree I was working on how to improve health and fitness in the Defence Forces.

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