Donegal GAA Winter Coaching Conference


CLG Dhún na nGall, in association with o’neills, will be holding Winter Coaching Conference in the Donegal GAA Centre, Convoy, on December 4th.  There will be three keynote speakers: Dr Stephen Behan (DCU), Dr John Radnor (CMU) and Jack Cooney the Westmeath Senior Football manager – further details on each can be found in the biographies below.


Tickets go on sale from Monday November 1st on Eventbrite and can be obtained via the following link:


The recent Guidelines issued by the GAA for indoor events will apply and an EU Digital Covid Certificate will be required for access. All applicable guidelines can be found in the PDF below and the paragraph relevant to events in the Republic of Ireland is as follows:


” Use of Indoor Halls (for sports, presentations, art, culture or dance activities) In the South, where all participants are considered immune (fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months) use of Halls is permitted without capacity limits (appropriate protective measures should be in place).  The use of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (vaccine or recovery certificate) will be required for access in such circumstances.”


Keynote Speaker Bios


Stephen Behan Bio:

Stephen’s currently works as an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance in Dublin City University, lecturing on the MSc and the Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance in Sport. Stephen was one of the lead researchers on the Moving Well-Being Well project. One of the largest research programmes of its kind in the world, Moving Well-Being Well broke the mould, intervening early in a child’s life to increase their physical literacy and provide them with the tools to be active for life. A focus was on improving children’s confidence and motivation towards physical activity through developing their fundamental movement skills.

Stephen also has a background working as a Games Promotion Officer for Dublin GAA, where he worked on the ground with various clubs across the city, and has served as vice-chairman for his local club CLG Na Fianna in Glasnevin. Stephen has presented his work at numerous international conferences and publishes in a number of peer-reviewed journals.


John Radnor Bio:

John is a lecturer and researcher in strength and conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. He completed his PhD in paediatric exercise science, and his research interests include: the effects of growth and maturation on performance, trainability of youth, muscle architecture and the influence on performance, and Talent ID. John is an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UKSCA and leads the strength and conditioning programme for Cardiff Met Uni FC. John also coaches in the Youth Physical Development Centre based at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Jack Cooney Bio:

Jack is the manager of the Westmeath senior football team. Jack has a MSc in Sport Performance from the University of Limerick and is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance at Dublin City University. Jack has previously coached the Donegal senior footballers, Westmeath senior ladies’ team, Rhode GAA, Coralstown/ Kinnegad GAA, Celbridge GAA and Westmeath academy squads groups. Jack also is a tutor at Setanta College on their sports science programme.


There will be tea/coffee and refreshments served on arrival and lunch is also provided. Any queries, or requests for further information, should be directed to Games Development Manager Aaron Kyles at:


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