Tony Mangan ‘Walk Around The World’ #19

All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock-hammer damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through a wall with it. Old Andy did it in less than twenty.

Back in the 1995 there was a wonderful movie about how the life of single and successful white male was thrown upside down when he was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife`s lover. That man  was a clever man, a man who was highly thought of in the outside world and most of all a man who exuded the ability to think under pressure and remain solemn and patient in his execution of the finest of deeds.

His name was Andy Dufresne. Andy was cool and calculated. Anyone who really knew him on the inside and the outside world knew that he was pensive within his own thoughts and was a man that  persevered in spite of the odds being against him. Such was his perseverance that he eventually broke out of the Shawshank state prison and eventually lived out his life as a rightfully free man.

Another such man who calculates things in a cool and calm manner  and allows his raw ability to lead the way in spite of all the odds stacked against him is Tony Mangan. Although he has not been imprisoned, but in fact lives quite the opposite of lifestyles to old Andy in being free to stride the high ways and by-ways of the globe, he none the less shares many other attributes with the award winning movie character.

Tony has done nothing wrong to get where he is in life. In fact in his former occupation as an ultra-distance runner he has achieved the lofty heights of success in a similar manner to Andy`s outside the prison walls success. Like Andy though, Tony`s commitment to his cause has fractured his possibility to have a long term relationship, yet his attraction to the ladies is ever growing.  For him, who knows what freedom on his world walk will bring him into contact with next. For soon he will be going the Asian route and his resilience and chirpy disposition will be welcomed in many the place including the likes of the land of smiles. 

When Tony`s World Walk is done and dusted, we will all look back and wonder if we got our predictions correct in how long it took him to complete the journey.
Tony himself will count back on the number of pairs of walking shoes that he has popped his feet into and ponder on how he ever got this far in the first place.

In him showing this admirable resolve it`s no wonder that his current soles of shoes are fading away. Like an old rock hammer worn down to the nub, Tony will be able to smile and look back over his time on his worldly feet and take a relieved breath and say quietly to himself how he has reached his personal paradise of achievement in the same as old Andy Dufresne found peace by the ocean at the end of his much lauded story of life.

About the Author

Conor Hogan
As a native Galwegian, Conor Hogan teaches and consults across the areas of education, well-being and health while also researching human behaviour for his PhD at NUI Galway. After winning regional and national leadership awards, he blogged and co-authored a book on Mental Health for Millennials. He tells us he will endeavour to enrapture the glint of the Galway Eye 🙂 You can find out more about Conor at