‘A Strategic Approach to Practice’ by Dr Phil Kearney

Dr Phil Kearney is a Lecturer in Motor Skill Acquisition and Coaching and Performance in University of Limerick, Ireland. He is also Course Director of the Masters of Science in Applied Sports Coaching. I have asked Phil to contribute a piece in the area of practice. Below, he explains a well-researched and proven method he […]

‘The Value of Journaling’ by Stuart Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster is the Senior Coach with Leinster Rugby. Prior to this he was England RFU’s Head of Elite Player Development before being appointed England Head Coach where he served for four years. He is a respected leader in the fields of coaching, leadership and player development. Here he shares with you what he feels […]

‘Talent Pathways and Professional Sport’ by Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy is a Professional Football Manager. As a footballer he represented the Republic of Ireland on 57 occasions. Nicknamed ‘Captain Fantastic’, he led Ireland as captain in what was a glorious period for Irish football during Euro ’88 and Italia ’90. At club level he played for Barnsley, Manchester City, Celtic, Lyon and Millwall. […]

‘Understanding and Communicating with your Coach’ by Dr. Ian Sherwin

Dr Ian Sherwin is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Coaching Science at the University of Limerick. Ian’s research interests focus on coach and athlete development. His recent work has investigated coaching behaviours and their impact on the coach-athlete relationship and athlete participation.  Ian has over 30 years coaching and coach development experience, including 13 years working for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and […]

‘Playing Fair’ by David Gough

David Gough is widely recognised as one of the most respected Gaelic Football referees having refereed the top four competitions in the GAA Calendar; All Ireland Finals at minor, U21, club and senior intercounty. Below he shares his insights into the demands and challenges of refereeing and advises on the best way to approach both […]

‘The Obstacle is the Way’ by John Fulham

John Fulham is a four- time Paralympian wheelchair racer over 100m and 200m, winning European and National Titles. He won the Dublin Marathon three times and played on the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Team for 14 years. He is currently President of Paralympics Ireland. John was born with Spina Bifida, a congenital defect in the spine. […]

‘The Value of Sport’ by Liam Moggan

Liam Moggan has been involved with coaching and coach development for over 40 years. He is affectionately known in Irish sport as ‘The Coaches’ Coach’. Liam has served in the background with numerous Irish teams and individual sporting successes across a diverse range of sports. He is recently retired from his role as Coach Educator […]

‘Mindset for Learning’ by Paudie Butler

Paudie Butler is a renowned coach and coach developer. In his youth, he represented Tipperary in both senior hurling and football. He is a former National Director of Hurling and is revered by many for his lifelong service to the game of hurling and to coaching in Ireland. He has travelled the country spreading his […]

‘Tough Times’ by George O’Connor

George O’Connor is a retired Wexford hurler. After seventeen years playing senior hurling he won his first All-Ireland Hurling medal in 1996 at 37 years old. It was his last game for Wexford and his second last game of hurling ever. He played one more game for his club and left it at that. He had […]