The Big Interview

Bernard and James Brogan on how Dublin GAA’s winning mentality inspired their business

The need to work together as a team was the inspiration for PepTalk, the employee wellness platform that Dublin footballing cousins James and Bernard Brogan founded with Michelle Fogarty

Bernard (front) and James Brogan, founders of Peptalk: the cousins have eight all-Ireland GAA football medals between them.Picture: Fergal Phillips

“I had one less child than him,” is how James Brogan jokingly explains why it is that he’s living in New York while his cousin Bernard, the Dublin football legend, is holding the fort back home.

With just two kids versus Bernard’s three (including twins), it is James who has chosen to move to help lead their company PepTalk’s growth in the US. He co-founded the employee software company, with Bernard and Michelle Fogarty in ...