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Jan 21, 2018

My strong arm tactics to unleash inner strength


Irish fitness instructor helps South Africans rise above poverty

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Jan 9, 2018

"By lifting others, you also lift yourself " - John McGrath's remarkable journey


Article written by Ian O'Riodan for The Irish Times.

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Oct 15, 2017

Finding Your Passion


How Someone Can Lose Their Greatest Passion In Life And Then Find An Even Greater One.

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May 31, 2017

The Story of John McGrath - From Strife to Living Life... His Way.


Article on the Happiness Depends Blog, written by Joelene Wolfe

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Jan 29, 2017

The Irishman who propelled meth addict to Olympic silver


John McGrath, a Waterford strongman and former champion rower and kickboxer, helped disgraced athlete Luvo Manyonga choose between the podium and death. But his transformation was no road to Damascus, he tells our reporter

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Dec 5, 2016

From crystal meth to Olympic glory: the recovery and rise of Luvo Manyonga


This is his journey from the tik-addled townships to Rio glory, with the help of an Irish former street-sweeper turned strongman

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Aug 1, 2014

The Impossibility of Loving Luvo


Late on Monday morning, in the dignified surrounds of Stellenbosch University, there was a memorial service for Maties athletics coach Mario Smith. It was a select gathering in what they call “die saal” in Maties circles: an old, narrow hall with vases of flowers in the recessed windows and thick wooden beams in the ceiling. The statue of Danie Craven and his dog Bliksem stood guard nearby and the air was cold with grief and pain. A boy sitting in front of me cried softly on his mother’s shoulder. Smith had been a feature of Stellenbosch athletics for years. He was wise and caring and the eulogies were long and heartfelt

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