Donegal to stage major Gaelic Games Conference

Some of the countrys leading GAA Managers, coaches, players and sports scientists will be brought together for this event.  The key aim of the conference is to provide opportunities for people who want to increase their knowledge with regards to coaching Gaelic games.  Over the course of the event, a number of high-level speakers will share their knowledge and experiences in managing, coaching, playing and supporting Gaelic games teams."

2010 All-Ireland senior football and hurling team Managers – Conor Counihan and Liam Sheedy, as well as past All-Ireland winning Manager, Joe Kernan will be guest speakers.
On the coaching end Paddy Tally, trainer of the 2003 Tyrone All-Ireland winning team, Pat Flanagan, who trained Kerry to two All-Ireland titles in 2004 and 2006 and Mick McGurn, the current Armagh senior team trainer who has the unique honour of training three national senior Irish teams in different codes will all be in attendance.

This conference will also offer insights from former elite players such as Peter Canavan, who will discuss good forward play and Darragh O Se, who will speak on winning the midfield sector in the modern game, his career with Kerry and how his skills were developed at underage level. Former Armagh goalkeeper, Benny Tierney, will look at the importance of kick-outs, how this area has changed over the last few decades, and where he sees the game moving forward.

Sports science has a huge part to play in the preparation of players – both physically and mentally.  Dr Sharon Madigan will deal with the issue of sports nutrition for players. Dr Kevin Moran will address the important issue of medically screening players. DeclanÓgamble (Sports Institute of Northern Ireland) will discuss the physiological demands ofGaelic football and propose training exercises and drills that address these demands.

For further information on the conference and to book a place, log on to, or check out attached press release and downloadable booking form.



13-Nov-10 by Colette Fox – PRO