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David Larkin

Why did you decide to study law?

Looking back, my interest in law probably begun watching Matlock in my formative years! Flash forward to my leaving cert year, law was a subject that strongly appealed to me, I was attracted by the analytical nature of law and I believed it would most useful in developing both abstract thinking and practical problem-solving. I also felt those skills would be easily transferable to a number of other areas in the event that I chose a different career path to law. The degree I chose was Business and Legal Studies in UCD. The knowledge I gained in studying business studies in addition to law has been hugely beneficial in my understanding of the commercial nature of transactions.

What trends are you seeing in the real estate market?

The real estate market continues to be very active with investment in the commercial real estate market in Ireland very strong. We need only look at the crane count published earlier this year to see the huge level of construction going on. Dublin remains the focus of development and international investment, construction in the commercial office space remains buyout, and there is continuing demand for development land.

One of the more innovative recent developments in the Irish market relates to the concept of shared living with the first grant of planning permission granted earlier this year and further development envisaged. I’m sure there will be much debate over the nature and size of this type of living space and certainly developers can expect the planning authorities to scrutinise any applications. However, the pressure on the rental market is something that needs to be addressed and the shared living concept may help address this challenge. I have no doubt the discussions around this topic will continue!

If you weren’t a lawyer what career would you choose?

I have a keen interest in nutrition and spend most commutes to work listening to podcasts on topics like gut nutrition and the science of nutrients and their effects so maybe something in that sphere. The Wellness committee in RDJ recently arranged for nutritionist Dr Gill O’Shea to give a presentation on nutrition which was hugely informative and I have been trying to adapt some of the advice into my daily routine, although I am still struggling with my fondness for the biscuit tin!

If you were stuck on a deserted island, name one book, movie and person you would want to take along with you

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, Million Dollar Baby and my wife!

What hobbies/past times do you enjoy?

I like to keep active, I hail from a hurling stronghold in east Galway so I grew up playing hurling. Over the last few years I have dipped my toe into the world of triathlon. I am a member of Piranha triathlon club in Dublin and partake in a few triathlon’s a season. At the minute, I’m training for the Dublin Marathon in October.

Talk about the RDJ triathlon and the road the your recent Irish Ironman.

My first triathlon experience was at the Dublin City Triathlon in August 2015, an event sponsored by RDJ. We entered a number of relay teams and I took the bike leg for my team, a 20 kilometre loop around Phoenix Park. I was blown away by the atmosphere on the day and how well the event was run and ventured to learn how to swim correctly the following winter so that I could complete a full triathlon. The event has proved a huge success for RDJ and has seen a number of RDJ members go on to complete their first triathlons as a result. Having spent a couple of season’s building up the distance through Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman triathlon’s, I decided to sign up for Ireland’s first Ironman in Youghal in June 2019, encouraged by RDJ’s finest triathlete’s Jamie Olden and JP Gilmartin who had also committed to the event. Training built up over the 9 months leading up to the event, gradually building distance up to prepare for the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and run a marathon. The day arrived, as did a small craft warning and yellow weather warning due to high winds and a serious amount of rainfall, however that did not dampen the atmosphere as the hardy locals were out in their droves to support us all. The conditions meant that it was a tough day on the course but I think that added to the sense of achievement crossing the finishing line.

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