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Retirement isn’t the answer

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By Michael O’Connor, theislandinvestor.com

Financial Independence/Retire Early (FIRE), is an incredibly popular movement in Ireland.

The idea is that we should seek financial independence by maximising our savings and living well below our means.

These savings are then invested in low cost diversified index funds until you have accumulated a sufficient pool of money that allows you to retire early. I may be brushing over some of the details - but you get the gist.

I’m all for financial independence, it’s a huge part of what I do. It’s the second half that I’m not really on board with yet.

Early retirement

Every person I know, be it my parents, my friend's parents or my extended family members have either struggled with retirement or given up on it completely and gone back to work. We are seeing a growing trend of people ‘un-retiring’.

This trend doesn’t surprise me.

We seem to underestimate the loss of purpose that comes with retirement. A huge part of your life is suddenly ripped out and you’re just left with an empty cavity while those who once depended on you, move on seamlessly.

Mentally that can’t be easy.

You’ve undoubtedly lost a sense of self.

“I won’t be worrying about all that, I’ll be too busy holidaying and playing golf”.

Sure, there is the initial honeymoon period but think past that. Spending your days filling time just to fill time is sure to get old pretty quickly.

The general response to this one is; “Oh but I will have the freedom to do whatever I want”.

But why are you waiting until retirement to pursue ‘whatever you want’?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting people should work until they drop (literally), but trading your 40 healthiest years to a corporation in exchange for 20 years of freedom when your body is breakdown isn’t ideal.

Surely there is a balance

Why can’t we prioritise our hobbies in the best 40 years while working a bit less instead of working non-stop and then coming to an abrupt halt.

Why can’t we operate on a glide path system into retirement where you can work less, but still offer your skills and earn an income into old age.

As Michael O’Leary said "It’s better to wear out than rust out".

Granted this is a pretty idealistic view but there is surely another options besides making retirement your ultimate financial goal.

This whole rushing to the finish line idea just seems flawed to me.

Living on the breadline for years just so you ‘put your feet up’ a year or two earlier isn’t a financial plan.

You’re simply forgoing comfort now for perceived comfort in the future.

Make sure the sacrifices you are making are worth the trade-off.

Like most things in life, you need to find the balance.

*Come back to me on this one when I’m 55 and my future kids have squeezed me for every bit of energy and money I have. I’ll likely have a completely different take.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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