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GEORGE Walsh, 51 years, is a mortgage financial advisor and owner of Viking Mortgages Ltd in the Viking Triangle at Colbeck Street in Waterford city. Married to Michelle, the couple have five children – Brian, Charlotte, Hannah, Jessica and Olivia.


Life in a day

Believe it or not, my day would typically start at 6am for the 6.30am Waterford Muay Thai class – what a way start to your day with the best of people around you. All roads then lead to Viking Mortgages Ltd in Colbeck Street, with Sandra and Eileen where work commences. Most of my time is taken up with meeting clients who are looking to get on the property market or looking for the best rates in the market place, whether they’re first time buyers, building their own home, trading up or switching for a better rate. We take care of all of this so they don’t even have to seek a lender. I also provide, advise and arrange life assurance, serious illness cover, income protection, pensions and investments for clients. I’m in the mortgage, financial services business for the last 30 years in Waterford.


What school did you go to?

De La Salle in Newtown, it was mighty!


What teacher do you remember most vividly?

Mick Roche was an excellent English teacher and a comedian as well, he used to have us all in stitches. We still meet up from time to time.


What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Work hard in school and get your head down. You will get through this. Get involved in all you can, share your problems when you have them and go for it!


How do you relax?

Spending time with my family, Waterford Muay Thai, walking, cooking… and a pint!


What is your favourite film and piece of music?

Favourite film is always a tough one to answer but one that hooks me all the time is Superman. Music wise, U2 always do the trick, in particular their song Bad.


When was the last time you cried?

My mother’s funeral in 2007.


What has been your happiest moment of recent times?

The vaccine for Covid-19 and, of course, the green light for holidays.


Do you pray?

Only when visiting graves. I lost the way a long time ago.


What is your biggest fear?

Not getting enough done. Life isn’t a rehearsal and we only get one chance at it so we have to make it count.


What is your most treasured possession?

Certainly not my possessions but my family are the only things I need – the petrol in my tank so to speak.


What is your favourite thing about living in Waterford?

This is an easy one. Waterford is absolutely the place to be. It can be exciting and then relaxing. We have everything on our doorsteps, from beaches to forests, mountains, beautiful restaurants, friendly pubs and great people. Everyone knows everyone else and, for a city, that’s a nice thing to be able to say.


If you could change one thing about Waterford, what would it be?

Waterford needs a lot and often gets left behind but without a doubt the most important thing right now is 24/7 cardiac care. The thought that you have a greater chance of dying in Waterford on the weekends than any other city is quite frightening.


In conversation with Darren Skelton

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