Colin Carroll: Biography



Colin Carroll is an Irish filmmaker, writer and innovator. He previously worked as a commercial lawyer and BBC TV presenter as well as founding Paddy Games and Irish Empire

Aside from climbing some of the world’s highest mountains and motor-biking around South America, Colin is Elephant Polo World Champion (Nepal, 2005), became Ireland’s first ever competitor in the Sumo World Championships (Japan, 2006) and holds the World Record in the 3-legged marathon (Cork, 2008). Colin established various sports governing bodies including Sumo Ireland and Synchro Ireland as well as launching the ‘Paddy Games’™, an alternative competition to the Olympics.



Colin is a regular guest on various radio and TV programmes around the world and is presenter of ‘Colin & Graham’s Excellent Adventures’, a TV series airing on both RTE and the BBC. Colin’s biography, ‘Mission Improbable’, was published in 2006 and he is currently penning several novels and screenplays.

As a fourth generation solicitor, Colin practices law in the family firm, Anthony Carroll & Co. in Fermoy, Co. Cork.  Colin’s entrepreneurial achievements include setting up and managing successful businesses in the UK, Ireland and Spain. Besides his native tongues, Colin speaks French, German and Spanish.


Full Bio

Having attended schools in Ireland, France and Germany, Cork-man Colin Carroll graduated with a sports science degree completed in Nottingham and at the German Sports University in Cologne.  

Colin’s studies were interrupted by a serious wind-surfing accident in Spain, resulting in a major back operation (anterior and posterior fusion). Colin dove-tailed his rehabilitation with reading an inter-disciplinary master’s degree completed at universities in Brussels (B), Tilburg (NL), Deusto-Bilbao (S) and Loughborough (UK).

Throughout his student summer holidays, Colin was a professional tennis coach in Germanyand ran sports and entertainment clubs in Fuerteventura and Barcelona for Club Intersport.


On completing his studies, Colin became involved in event management in London with Mark McCormack’s International Management Group (IMG) and later joined Transworld International (TWI) where he became immersed in sports television programming. Colin left TWI to establish his own UK and Irish television production companies.

Colin subsequently moved to South America for a number of years where he motor-biked solo around the continent, climbed mountains, became a personal trainer and a freelance journalist with The Buenos Aires Herald newspaper.



Returning to Ireland in 1998, Colin invented a range of functional food supplements with the European Business Innovation Centre. He also lectured at the Cork Institute of Technology and became the inaugural dog track commentator at Curraheen Park in Cork..

In 2000, Colin returned to Spain for a few years where he launched Spain’s first beach magazine called Beachwise.


Colin continued to explore new mental and physical frontiers, learning how to fly an airplane solo and crewing aboard yachts between the Mediterranean and Ireland.  These experiences in self-discovery led Colin to embark on a new career in law and, at the same time, bring his quirky hobbies to the public at large.

Colin’s motto has always been “do that which you don’t yet know!”, always eager to be deep-ended into the unknown.  The survival extinct drives his instinct to succeed at his latest challenge. 

With a group of friends Colin established No Prior Experience (NPE) which effectively mirrors Colin’s life. NPE adventures led Colin to cut a single in Poland as part of a boy-band, conduct a thirty four piece band orchestra, kick-box a world champion, reach the 100m finals of the Retro-Running World Championships and outrun an avalanche while snowboarding off-piste.  More recently, Colin’s NPE adventures have led to a successful media business with his ‘partner in crime’, Graham Little, a Sky Sports Presenter.


In December 2005 the people of Ireland held their breath as Colin and four countrymen went on a mission to restore the nation's sporting honour in the jungle of Nepal. Conquering the world in Elephant Polo, they returned as the only Irish world champion team at that time.


As one of the founding members of the World Champion Irish Elephant Polo Team, Colin went on to become the leading light in Ireland’s first ever official Sumo Wrestling Team. On 22 April 2006, Colin pulled on his sumo nappy for the first time, representing Ireland in the Austrian Open.


Reuters report on Sumo


In October 2006, as an 11 stone man, Colin foughtthe reigning sumo world champion in the Sumo World Championships in Osaka, Japan. This achievement attracted world-wide media attention and became Reuters’ biggest news story around the world, featuring in hundreds of newspapers around the globe, from Sports Illustrated to the Guardian, the Washington Post to the Daily Yomuiri. 



In 2006, Colin qualified as a solicitor and went on to take a Law Society of Ireland Diploma in Commercial Law. One of his early legal projects may be viewed on the firms award-winning website Practicing as a commercial lawyer in the family firm, Anthony Carroll & Co. in Fermoy, Co Cork, Colin unites work and leisure, which includes representing sports, media and musical personalities as well as working closely with television and film production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and in the course of his work regularly attends film festivals.



Competing in Sigulda (Latvia) against the Russian and Latvian Olympic bobsleigh teams in 2005 Colin came third. He had his revenge in January 2007 when he competed in the German Hornsleigh Championships, placing in the top 25 out of 100 teams.

In February 2008 Reuters again came calling, having heard Colin guest as the ‘Sports Guy’ on BBC Drivetime with Chris Evans. What were the Paddy Games™ he spoke of ? How certain could BBC be that the Paddy Games would storm the world and steal the thunder of the ‘orthodox’ Olympics in London 2012?




Cork City Marathon


John Meade, Sonia O'Sullivan and Colin on podium, Cork Marathon, 2008

When Colin ran the Dublin marathon in 2006 in under three and a half hours he knew he had unfinished business. On 2 June 2008, Colin and his running partner, John Meade, officially broke the World Record in the 3-legged marathon, completing the 26.2miles in a time of 3.25.22. Filmmakers documented the successful 3-legged marathon quest that became the biopic, “A Tale of 3 Legs”, which premiered at the Cork Film Festival in October, 2008.


Synchro Ireland

In November 2009, the celebrated BBC comedian, Paul Merton, got wind of Colin’s latest quest to become Ireland’s first-ever male synchronised swimmer and made a surprise visit to Colin’s offices in Cork to delve into his psyche. The outcome featured in ‘Paul Merton in Europe’ as broadcast in the UK on Five and BBC Worldwide.


Colin & Graham’s Excellent Adventures

Together with Sky Sports’ Graham Little, Colin devised and presents the TV series ‘Colin & Graham’s Excellent Adventures’ as broadcast by RTE and the BBC. The series follows the double act as they experience some of the lesser-known extreme sports from around the world, entering international sports events as the Irish Team. In the first series Colin competes in Formula Off-Road in Iceland, Kabbadi and Bull Surfing in India, Sumo in Japan, Horn-sleighing in Germany, Body-Building in Italy and Camel Racing in Oman.

Colin mixes creativity with business and, having previously started up businesses in the UK, Ireland and Spain, more recently founded Paddy Games and an Irish Diaspora business in Irish Empire.

Mercier Press published Colin’s biography, “Mission Improbable”, which may be purchased here.

Dedicated to innovation and creativity, Colin lives around Europe, writing screenplays and making films. In November 2012 he was selected as Ireland’s screenwriter on SOURCES2 Professional Screenwriters Masterclass in Austria with his action film ‘Fastnet Rock’.


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