Games Development Conference Speakers

The full programme for the GAA Games Development Conference 2020 is currently being finalised, and details of speakers will appear on this page.

Friday, January 10th will feature a Player Development forum that will provide best practice examples of activities from clubs and schools around the country. Speakers will present on a number of range of initiatives that have been developed, including how to complement the formal games programme, how to organise the development of coaches within your club, and specific issues related to child and teenage players such as the 5 Star programme, and the Super Games programme.

In addition, Christain Penny of the New Zealand Institute of Sport will provide an insight into how similar issues are addressed in New Zealand.

The Conference will open on Friday, January 10th at 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm), and will conclude at 9.30pm.

Time Event Speaker Affiliation
19.30 Opening Welcome Ciaran McLoughlin Chair, GAA Games Development Committee
19.40 Values, Behaviour and Culture  Dr. Peter Horgan GAA Edcuation Officer
19.45 GAA 5 Star Centre Orla Hennessy Principal, Tinryland NS, Carlow
Carmel Power Principal, Killinure NS, Limerick
20.00 Are You Going Well? Jim Ryan Teacher, St Peters College, Wexford
20.15 Gaelic Games for Physical Activity & Sport promotion in Ireland for at risk,
drop-out girls
Orlagh Farmer Cork Senior Footballer, Lecturer, Dundalk Institute of Technology
20.30 GAA Super Games: Keeping Players Playing Charlie Harrison GAA Cúl Camp Coordinator
Karl O'Connor GPO, Louth GAA
Stephen McGurrin GDA, Leitrim GAA
20.45 Growing Success: The Gaelfast Story So Far Dr Paul Donnelly Director, Gaelfast
21.00 The New Zealand Way Christian Penny Leader, Coach Accelerator Programme, High Performance Sport New Zealand
21.15 Speakers Forum Damian Lawlor Author & Broadcaster

Saturday, January 11th provides an opportunity for delegates to attend sessions from speakers of national and internal renowned covering topics relevant to the player, the coach, the game and the environment. The Conference will open on Saturday, January 11th at 9.30am (doors open at 8.30am), and will conclude at 4.20pm.

Time Event Speaker Title Affiliation
08.30 - 09.30 Conference Registration
09.30 - 09.40 Opening Address John Horan Opening Address GAA President
09.40 - 10.20 Key Note 1 Pat Daly Values, Behaviours & Culture - the Key to Sustaining Success GAA Director of Games Development and Research
10.25 - 11.05 Parallel 1a Des Ryan Developing Children the Arsenal Way Head of Sport Medicine and Athletic Development, Arsenal FC Academy
Parallel 1b John Meyler The use of Performance Analysis to enhance the coaching proces Former Manager, Cork Senior Hurling Team
Parallel 1c Dr. Ciaran Kearney What is the 'S' in Success? Applying psychology in sport Sport Psychologist & Project Coordinator, Gaelfast
Parallel 1d Keith Ricken A Player Centred Approach to Coaching Coach, Cork U. 20 All Ireland Winning Football Team
Parallel 1e David Gough The Introduction of the new Gaelic Football Playing Rules All Ireland Senior Football Final Referee, 2019
Prof. David Hassan Associate Dean (Global Engagement), Ulster University
Parallel 1f John Greville Creating Player-Led High Performance Manager, Westmeath Senior Camogie Team 
Paul Aherne Performance Coach, Westmeath Senior Camogie Team
11.05 - 11.35 Tea/Coffee Break
11.35 - 12.15 Key Note 2 Kris Van Der Hagen The Coaching Switch Director of Coach Education, Belgian FA
12.20 - 13.00 Key Note 3

Derek McGrath

Panel Discussion

Skysports Ambassador, Former Manager Waterford Senior Hurling Team

Kevin Moran Doctor, Donegal Senior Football Team 
Neil McManus Skysports Ambassador, Antrim, Senior Hurler
Sean O'Donnell Perforamnce Analyst, Limerick Senior Hurling Team
Paul Broderick Skysports Ambassador, Carlow Senior Footballer
13.05 - 13.45 Key Note 4 Christian Penny Building Character: Moulding Better Humans Leader, Coach Accelerator Programme, High Performance Sport New Zealand
Dr Daragh Sheridan High Performance Coaching Manager, High Performance Sport New Zealand
13.50 - 14.30 Parallel 2a

Michael Dempsey

Report of the GAA Talent Academy Workgroup

Chair, GAA Talent Academy Workgroup; Former Coach, Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team

Dr. Brian Cuthbert Member, GAA Talent Academy Workgroup; Former Manager, Cork Senior Football Team
Parallel 2b Tony Óg Regan The Language of Winning Performance Psychology Coach
Parallel 2c

Shane Keegan

'Klopp, Pep and Stephen Kenny - How soccer's top managers empower their players

Former Manager, Galway United, Wexford Youths. UEFA Pro License Holder

Parallel 2d Paul Clarke The Pros & Cons of Sports Science - Put the Person at the Centre of the Process Director, Match-Fit
Parallel 2e Niamh McElwain Developing Leaders Senior Learning Designer, Google
Parallel 2f

Willie Power

The Coaching Eye: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement Performance Analyst, Kerry U.20 Football Team
Eabha Rutledge Dublin Senior Footballer
14.35 - 15.15 Key Note 5 Eamonn Fitzmaurice A Learning Journey Former Manager, Kerry Senior Football Team
15.15 - 15.30 Launch Ciaran McLaughlin Launch of the Introduction to Gaelic Games Coaching Programme Chair, GAA Coach Education Workgroup
15.30 - 16.15 Key Note 6 Colm O'Rourke Values, Behaviors & Culture - the Key to Sustaining Success Principal, St Patrick's Classical School, Navan
Prof. Niall Moyna School of Health and Human Performance, DCU
16.15 Closing Address Dr. Peter Horgan Closing Address GAA Education Officer