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Check out the speakers from the GAA Player Conference 2018 advice. Slides from each speaker are also available below. 
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As part of the event the new GAA Player Weflare Booklet was produced. 
Eamon O’Shea
All Ireland success in 2010 and to Munster and National Hurling League successes in 2008 and 2009. He was appointed manager of the team in September 2012, won a Munster Championship in 2015 and was beaten in an All Ireland Final Replay in 2014. He is considered one of the most insightful and progressive hurling coaches in the country. Eamon played senior hurling championship for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986 and also played senior inter-county championship hurling with Dublin in 1984. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a National Hurling League title in 1979. He won four County Senior Hurling championships with Kilruane McDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title in the 1985/86 season. Eamon resides in Galway and is an active member of the Salthill/Knocknacarra GAA club.

Cathal Cregg

Cathal has played with Roscommon at all levels and helped them to win the 2010 Connacht Senior Football Championship.He also played for the Ireland international rules team in 2014.
He is crurrently a PhD Candidate in Exercie Science and is the current Head Strength and Conditioning Officer for Connacht GAA. 

Dr. Crionna Tobin


Dr Crionna Tobin is recognised as one of the highest profile sports nutritionists in Ireland. Working in the sports nutrition industry for the last 8 years she has gained a wealth of experience working with and educating many high profile teams, such as the Dublin senior footballers and hurlers and many International athletes. A PhD graduate of Dublin City University in the area of exercise physiology and nutrition, and a registered performance nutritionist, Crionna is driven by a passion to educate and inspire athletes on the powerful role nutrition plays in enhancing all aspects of performance. Her approach to nutrition is balanced and flexible as she understands the practical day to day challenges people face in the area of nutrition & diet. Her advice is based on the latest evidence based nutrition & performance nutrition research and moulded into individualised plans for each athlete based on their needs and goals. Her message of food first is one that is delivered in an understandable, practical and enjoyable style. She is excited about sharing her knowledge in an engaging and creative fashion to help each individual to achieve their sporting goals.

Crionna Tobin Slides

Caroline Currid

As a leading performance psychologist and founder of Unica Performance Ltd, Caroline Currid has created a legacy by enabling elite sports and business people to achieve unprecedented results. Caroline achieved an under graduate degree in Computer Programming, studied Psychology through Open University, achieved an MSC in Sport Psychology, and an MBA in University College Cork. Caroline also achieved a Diploma in Executive Coaching, is accredited in Insights Discovery and is a Master Practitioner in NLP.  Combined with her common sense approach and simple philosophy, Caroline has achieved groundbreaking results working with Corporate & Sporting individuals globally including teams and individuals such as:

  • Rugby Lions Captain, Paul O’Connell
  • Gold Medal winning members of the Kenyan Olympic team
  • All-Ireland GAA Football Championship winners Tyrone and Dublin
  • All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship winner Tipperary
An expert specialising in performance improvement, Caroline enable organisations, teams and individuals to achieve results that require a change in human behaviour.



Dr.Edwenia O'Malley

Dr. Edwenia O'Malley is a chartered Physiptherapist and member of the Irish Society of Physiotherapists. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 2009 from University College Dublin. She continued her studies in the incidence of sports injures and the area of injury prevention in UCD and graduated in 2014 with her PhD. Her research interests followed her personal interest in the GAA- Gaelic Football and Hurling and she continues to work with teams as team physiotherapist. She is a member of the current GAA Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee.

Mark Roe

Mark is currently a researcher with the GAA National Injury Surveillance Database and is a doctorate student at University College Dublin. Mark completed his undergraduate degree at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in Sports Management and Coaching. His thesis focused on Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) models. Following his undergrad, he completed a masters degree at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in Sports Rehabilitation with his thesis focusing on monitoring lower limb fatigue during match-play. Mark was part of the coaching and medical teams with the Dublin Senior Hurlers (2011, 2011, 2014) and consults with several clubs on the design and delivery of player development pathways


Martin Fogarty

Martin is the current GAA National Hurling Development Manager. He has been involved with numerous All-Ireland winning teams with Kilkenny at various grades including multiple u-21 and Senior titles. 

Martin Fogarty Slides