Where Are They Now? | Hefin O'Hare
From wing wizard to property developer - we caught up with Warrior #143 Hefin O'Hare earlier this season, as he told Warrior what he's been up to since retirement...
After I finished up at Glasgow, I went into building surveying. I’d been doing a university degree throughout the latter stages of my career, and that led to a job in Glasgow. I then moved a bit closer to our family home in Fife and got a job in Dunfermline, and I’m working for a firm called Hardies, who merged with Shepherds. I’m a building surveyor with them now – we do everything from looking after people’s properties to doing them up, or knocking them down if needs be.
In rugby, there are a lot of people that go into property or do up a house. I’ve done up five houses now, and I like the property development aspect of it. I wanted to know what I was talking about, and that’s led into other things along the way – I’m now the head of the energy department at Hardies.
You have an awkward amount of free time when you’re playing rugby. You’re not free at the weekends for obvious reasons, but you’ll have a bit of time during the week where you’ll find yourself at a loose end quite a lot of the time. Bar doing a degree, I always had a lot of energy to go and do other things, and that’s how I got into property developing.
I bought an old farmhouse in Fife and I’m currently doing that up with my family. That’s very much an extra-curricular activity though! The day is usually wake up, have breakfast with the kids, go to work, come home and get back to renovating the house. We’re doing alright at the minute!
I think I’ll always be busy to be honest. I saw a show on retirement the other day and couldn’t comprehend it really – I don’t think I’ve got it in me to go and just relax on a beach somewhere! I’ve just got too much energy for that. I’ve got three boys now, Rowan, Rory and Angus – eight, six and four years old respectively. They take up most of my time these days anyway!
I’ll always watch the Warriors on TV and see how they’re getting on. It’s hard once you get out of the playing lifestyle to keep up with everyone, so I really enjoyed being back at Scotstoun for the game against the Southern Kings at the start of November. It’s funny – rugby is the type of community where you might not see some people for three or four years, and then you’ll walk into a room with them and it’ll be exactly the same as it always was. That’s such a good thing about the sport – it’s just a really good feeling. It was good to catch up with everyone, have a couple of beers and watch the game.
The game’s moved on since I retired! There are a lot of big, strong lads out there. I’d love to play in this Warriors team, but I think my body would let me down. I had a shoulder reconstruction after retiring – I’d actually hurt it whilst playing, but it got to the point where it was affecting me in everyday life. Thankfully I was pretty lucky with injuries during my career, because I was one of the little fast guys who could keep away from the big ugly ones!