EAMMON HARKIN - A MAN OF MANY CAREERS
Eammon Harkin is aiming to complete the Clerical Medical Parish Walk for the sixth time in June - and hoping it will be a lot less painful than in 2007.
After his fifth trek around the 85 miles, he felt that he was in better shape than on any of his previous finishes but nevertheless took advantage of Ben Scott's physiotherapy service. But after his massage in the back of a horsebox at the finish, he slipped on the ramp on his way out in the damp conditions. After initially blacking out, he was taken to Nobles Hospital. He had two broken ribs and
a lot of pain for the next couple of months.
Eammon first entered the Parish Walk in 2002 and walked to Rushen with wife Jan exactly at his planned four miles per hour. Although he subsequently completed the End to End Walk with Jan, and she also walked as far Peel in the Parish Walk on her own, he set his sights on going the whole way the following year. It will not surprise those that know Eammon that he has been incredibly close to his
own predicted times ever since.
This is how he has progressed:
Born in Derry, Eammon arrived in the Isle of
Man in 1977 to study for a PhD in Marine Biology in Port Erin at
the Marine Biological Station. He completed his course in 1981 and Dr Harkin
married Jan the following year. His qualifications were not tested straight
away, he worked on a fish farm at Kirk Michael for a short time to pay off his student debts,
but he took up teaching in 1982, first at Ballakermeen High School in Douglas
and then at QE2 High School in Peel.
In 1985 he was the first chartered accountancy student to train
with Touche Ross & Co in the Island (he spent the first year in Liverpool) and by 1989 he was able to add ACA to his
growing list of initials. He spent six years in the audit field with Touche
(later Deloitte & Touche and now just Deloitte) before managing their trust
and company business for four years.
After 10 years with the firm he was appointed managing
director of what was then Caymanx Trust Company (now Cayman National) in Athol Street where he was
to spend the next 10 years running and developing a business with both banking
and corporate service activities.
His next move took him to the south of the Island which he loves. Since 2005 he has been working in Ballasalla travelling
just a few miles from The Howe near Port St Mary. He has been providing
accountancy services to a number of businesses but plans to devote more and
more time to his property company, IM9 Limited, in the New Year. The
company has already embarked on a number of projects, all in the south, and he
dreams of reviving some of the inner areas of the southern towns.
Having survived a life threatening brain haemorrhage in 1999, and witnessed
"the Troubles" in Derry as a teenager (where he saw violence at first
hand), it will take more than the pain of his broken ribs to put him off
another Parish Walk and number six will add to his two 100 mile walks in
Norfolk and the Isle of Man in 2005 and 2006. Across the desk (from where
I faced him for the past three months) he told me that he has less time these
days for his love of scuba diving and long distance yachting. Having spent
several years renovating his beautiful home overlooking most of the south of
the Isle of Man, he will also be spending time
doing the same to a house in his homeland next year. Daughters Breeshey
and Catreeney are currently at King Williams College (head girl) and Castle Rushen High
Murray Lambden - 29 November 2007