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Galway Science & Technology Festival

The Science of Hurling

Town Hall Theatre

Join us for an evening exploring The Science of Hurling – what makes a good hurler a great hurler.

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Prof Kieran Collins - Director Gaelic Sports Research Centre
Des Ryan - Director of Coaching & Performance, Setanta College.
Niamh Mallon - Performance Nutrition Scientist at Orreco.
Tony Og Regan - Sports Psychologist

The evening will include discussions on new technologies, sports stamina and psychology and the use of artificial intelligence in the game. Analysing one of the fastest games in the world through science and technology.

Prof Kieran Collins, Director – Gaelic Sports Research Centre, TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus.

Kieran’s specialist research area is the physiology of intermittent exercise with a specific focus on the Gaelic sports. His research is focused on:

1. Development of Gaelic games modelling protocols and the comparison of intermittent exercise patterns.

2. Evaluating the physical demands of Gaelic games match-play and the training and testing of players.

3. The impact of training organization on physiological adaptations and injury occurrence.

4. The nutritional requirements of Gaelic games players.

Des Ryan – Director of Coaching & Performance, Setanta College.

Des is one of the leading youth coaches and performance managers in sport and a world-renowned practitioner and speaker in the field of youth athletic development. Prior to Setanta, Des was Head of Sport Medicine & Athletic Development at Arsenal Football Club Academy, which he has held for over eight years and where he has re-shaped the concept of player development within the world of football. He has previously served as Head of S&C at Connacht Rugby, S&C to Ireland and as Fitness Education Manager within the IRFU, where he spent over 13 years developing the IRFU’s coach and player development system.  Des has presented at the UKSCA, ASCA and the NSCA conferences as well as many other conferences around the world. He also has worked as a consultant to World Rugby and the National Cricket academy in India.  Des has a Masters in Strength and Conditioning and an Accredited Strength and Conditioning coach with the UKSCA. He also has achieved the High Performance Sports Accreditation from the British Association of Sports and Exercise Science and is a chartered scientist.

Niamh Mallon Performance Nutrition Scientist at Orreco. 

Niamh works predominantly on the nutrition component of Orreco’s female athlete programme delivering personalised strategies that address the menstrual cycle, performance and recovery across the company’s elite client base. She conducts Orreco’s Redox testing at client sites, providing scientific analysis of blood biomarker data. Niamh holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Ulster University. She recently began her employment based PhD at Atlantic Technological University in conjunction with Orreco investigating the impact of the menstrual cycle on the exercising population. She also plays Intercounty camogie with Down, operating at the highest level of her sport for a number of years. 

Tony Og Regan – Sports Psychologist

Experienced performance and wellbeing coach Tony Og enables individuals, teams, and organisations unlock the next level in terms of their health, wellbeing and performance through evidence and research-based practices.  Tony has spent over 15 years assisting sports and corporate teams to maximize their performance.  He has an MSC in sports psychology and is an accredited executive coach. His experience stems from spending 10 years as a chartered accountant in the corporate world, an elite athlete with the Galway Senior Hurlers, and working as a performance psychologist with high-performance teams including Tipperary (2016), Munster & All Ireland winners, and Limerick (2019).