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Trevor Mortimer: Keeping the home fires burning

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Trevor Mortimer is content with life on and off the field right now

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Daniel Carey

WE thought Conor’s second-half cameo in the semi-final replay against Westport last October would be the last time we’d see a Mortimer in a Shrule/Glencorrib jersey for a while. But the 2017 squad includes not one member of the family, but two.
Trevor is a selector under the new management team of David Walsh and Liam Garvey, and ‘hoping to play as much as I can’, though he’s struggling with injury at the moment.
Kenneth is also playing and is ‘going well’, according to his younger brother.
Whatever happens next Sunday, the most significant moment of June 2017 for Trevor Mortimer won’t come in a club championship game against Mayo Gaels. His fiancée, Lola, is due to give birth to their second child this week, and their eldest, Joss, is 14 months old. These are busy times for a man who returned to live in Ireland last year after stints working in Africa and the Middle East.
“I’ve seen a lot of how the other part of the world lives,” the 36-year-old told The Mayo News by phone last Friday. “You certainly wouldn’t be stressing out about the smaller things as much as you used to be … Now. I’ve a 14-month old girl and I’ve another baby coming – your perspective changes when that kind of stuff happens.
“I’m in a happy place now; I’ve no complaints ... I always say that no matter how things pan out, there’s always someone else worse off than you, and you should remind yourself of that as much as you can.”
Work is busy. They’ve put money into the family business to fund a new tar plant, and a concrete and block plant is coming on stream in the next few months. Things seem ‘to be going in the right direction,’ he reckons.
Work on the Tuam motorway has kept things ticking over. Construction ‘hasn’t really taken off yet as much as we’d hoped’, though he hopes housing ‘might pick up next year’. Compared to the dark days of the recession, he says, people are ‘in better form’ in Ireland now.
He’s enjoying his football too: “Sure it’s great – just getting back, kicking a bit of ball again, and having a bit of craic with the lads and a few pints”. A lot of his team-mates are ‘younger fellas I wouldn’t have known’, and having ‘done nothing’ fitness-wise while he was away, getting back into the swing of things was ‘a bit of a shock to the system’.
He’s not sorry to have gone away, but is delighted to be home.
“I made great friends,” he concludes of his time abroad. “The work I was doing was exciting, and it was pretty fast-paced in comparison to home. The work side of things was good, but [living abroad] just wasn’t conducive to having a family. I one hundred per cent don’t regret anything I did, and I’m happy to be back home now, and content in doing what I’m doing.”

 

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