Inspiring Stories From Leading Entrepreneurs

Do you want to learn how to be more successful in business? Are you an existing business owner looking to take your business to the next level? Or are you an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to start your own business but doesn’t know where to begin?

I’m really excited to tell you about my new book, ‘Secrets to Success – Inspiring Stories From Leading Entrepreneurs’. Due to be launched in early May and published by Mercier Press, this book is a compilation of stories about some of Ireland’s most inspiring and best known entrepreneurs.

Honest and insightful, it is packed full of great advice and real-life insights, shared by the entrepreneurs themselves, about their experience from start-up to success.

You will learn about their backgrounds, how they came up with their ‘killer’ business idea and how they developed a knack for turning obstacles into opportunities.

There is a well-known saying in business that “If you want me to be great, you must first show me what great looks like”. These stories will show you what GREAT looks like.


The book is a result of interviews with business owners for my weekly column in the Sunday Independent over the past 5 years.

The two most import lessons I have learned from interviewing these entrepreneurs is that ‘No one ever starts a big business’ and that ‘You don’t have to be great to start a business but you do have to start, if you want to be great’.

I have learned too that success has a lot less to do with intelligence and much more to do with psychology – a mix of the right skill set and right mind set.

What is most apparent from all these stories is that – regardless of age, gender, financial or educational background, we all have within us the ability to achieve whatever we set our minds to.
In short, we all have the potential to be successful.

Secrets to Success


Available 9 May 2018









Once you open this book, you will find yourself in the company of many great heroes of Irish business. Some run companies whose brands are household names while others are less well known but equally inspiring.

Among the 46 companies featured are names such as:
• Avoca
• Tayto
• Flahavans
• Done Deal
• One4All
• Louis Copeland
• Kelly’s Resort
• Harvey’s Point
• The Barry Group
• Clonakilty Black Pudding
• Nightline
• Netwatch
• Realex Payments
• Tour America
• Teeling Whiskey


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‘… contains invaluable lessons about what it takes to become successful’

Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach,
star of The Secret and New York Times best-selling author of Chicken Soup
for the Soul® and The Success Principles.

‘… a wonderful book on success and achievement. Full of practical and proven strategies, it will help you accomplish your goals faster than you ever thought possible.’

Brian Tracy, New York Times best-selling author of Eat That Frog,
The Psychology of Selling and Maximum Achievement

‘… a compelling read…’

Marci Shimoff, New York Times best-selling author of
Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

‘…captures the soul of the entrepreneur across the widest spectrum of individuals and their vastly different circumstances and motivations.’

Gene Murtagh, CEO, Kingspan

‘.. inspiring and uplifting…,’

Senator Feargal Quinn, founder of Superquinn


‘An honest insight into the highs and lows of true entrepreneurship…. A wonderful read.’

Bobby Kerr, former chairman of Insomnia,
presenter of ‘Down to Business’ on Newstalk
and former investor on Dragons’ Den

‘Don’t start a business without reading this book.’

Jerry Kennelly, founder and CEO, and c
o-founder of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme

‘If you are thinking about starting a business or wondering how to take your existing business to the next level, then this book is an essential read….’

Anne Heraty, CEO, Cpl Resources plc


‘…offers a myriad of practical tools and invaluable advice for those committed to growing their businesses. I highly recommend it.’

Verne Harnish, founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation,
Gazells global executive education and coaching company
and author of Mastering The Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up:
How a Few Companies Make It and Why the Rest Don’t

‘…. A brilliant read.’

Kevin McLoughin, partner lead for EY Entrepreneur of the Year™, EY Ireland

‘A must-read.’

Sven Spollen-Behrens, Director, Small Firms Association

‘.. an inspiration to the next generation of entrepreneurs to progress from start-up to the next global business success story.’

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland

‘… Secrets to Success distils an abundance of SME business wisdom.’

Nick Mulcahy, publisher, Business Plus

‘I believe Sean Gallagher’s Secrets to Success will be instrumental in inspiring a new generation of business builders.’

Ian Hyland, President and publisher,
Business & Finance media group

‘….essential reading for existing business owners and budding entrepreneurs alike….’

Norah Casey, entrepreneur and former investor on Dragons’ Den

‘This is an important book for the country at this time.’

Paul McCann, Partner, Grant Thornton

‘… a valuable investment for anyone in business or thinking about starting a business.’

Gavin Duffy, Gavin Duffy & Associates,
investor on Dragons’ Den

‘… essential reading for anyone with a desire to learn and a passion for success.’

Frankie Sheahan, Pendulum Summit
and former Irish international rugby player

‘This book will provide great inspiration to both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs and is a must read for students in particular. I applaud him.’

Jim Power, Economist

‘…stories that will not only interest and inform but intrigue and inspire. Bravo.’

Kingsley Aikins, CEO, Diaspora Matters

‘… gets to the heart of what makes every entrepreneur tick and is full of wonderful practical advice and real-world experience.’

Jack Murray, CEO,

‘It is a great read and there is much to learn here.’

Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner,

‘This book should be required reading for every 2nd and 3rd-level business student in the country.’

Thomas Cooney, Professor of Entrepreneurship,
Dublin Institute of Technology