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poignant Jacqui Hurley says that her brother's tragic death motivates her to live life to the fullest

The Cork native, who has just returned from Tokyo after presenting the Olympics for RTÉ, sadly lost her younger brother Sean in 2001

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Girls Play Too 2: More Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen author Jacqui Hurley

Girls Play Too 2: More Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen author Jacqui Hurley

RTÉ presenter and author, Jacqui Hurley. Photo by Sam Barnes / Sportsfile

RTÉ presenter and author, Jacqui Hurley. Photo by Sam Barnes / Sportsfile

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Girls Play Too 2: More Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen author Jacqui Hurley

Sports presenter Jacqui Hurley has said that her brother’s tragic death motivates her to be successful and live life to the fullest.

The Cork native, who has just returned from Tokyo after presenting the Olympics for RTÉ, sadly lost her younger brother Sean in 2001.

Sean, who was 25 at the time, was killed when his car spun out of control during a bout of torrential rain and high winds in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Speaking to RSVP Live, Jacqui admitted that she would give up every success to have her brother back.

“It’s not the way life is supposed to be,” she said. “The youngest person in the house should never be the first one to go.

“It makes you re-evaluate everything and not want to have another day where you regret anything.

“Thankfully life has worked out really well for us since, but I’d give it all up in a heartbeat to have him back.”

Jacqui spoke of a poignant conversation Sean had with their mother before he died about completing a bucket list and what he wanted to achieve in his life.

The 37-year-old explained that her family keep a framed photo of his bucket list in their home and said that it acts as “great motivation” for her.

“When Sean died, he left a bucket list of things that he never got to do, and it’s framed on the wall in our house.

“He just had one of these life conversations with my mom the night before he died, talking about all the things he wanted to do.

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“When you see that framed picture in the house it makes you think about all the things that I haven’t done and that I really wanted to do like writing the book or going to the Olympics.

“It does serve as great motivation for us. Which I think is turning something that is an extremely difficult life situation for us into a positive.”

‘Girls Play Too 2: More Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen’ is exclusively available in Lidl stores nationwide for only €12.99 until the 5thof September – just in time to inspire children as they prepare to go back to school.

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