The Science of Hurling

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

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. His 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 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. Des recently joined Setanta College as Director of Coaching & Performance.   Des joins Setanta from his position as 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.  Over the years 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 is also 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

Tony Og ReganExperienced 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).






Black Box Theatre


2.5 hours


All ages