An All-Ireland winning hurling star has been forced to close down his fitness club after an insurance claim sent his premium soaring to €20,000.

37-year old Colm Callanan, who retired from the Galway inter-county team last November and took up a coaching position with the squad, had run the Callanan Fitclub in Kinvara with his sister Colleen for the past six years.

The club had about 100 members who took part in group classes and training while receiving advice on nutrition and exercise plans.

Mr Callanan, who is married with two young children, also worked with Kinvara GAA club and Foróige as he passed on his experience in the field to local youth teams.

But the Irish Independent reports that he was left reeling in April 2018 when someone using the club lodged a substantial claim against it.

When he tried to renew his policy the following year, the reserve on his insurance meant he was receiving quotes of up to €20,000, when previously he had paid around €1,800.

Mr Callanan said he hit a dead end when he shopped around for a better quote, and now believes there is no competitiveness in the sector any more.

He says small businesses just cannot sustain the cost of insurance.

The Kinvara native eventually made the difficult decision to pull the plug on the business around three weeks ago in a move that he said was "devastating".






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