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Dr Liam Hennessy – BA, MSc, PhD, FRAMI

Dr. Liam Hennessy is the Academic Director of Setanta College. He is a qualified Physical Education teacher, Exercise Physiologist and Strength & Conditioning Coach. He has spent over 20 years working full-time in sport.

Liam was previously the Director of Fitness with the Irish Rugby Football Union, a position he commenced in 2000.  At the IRFU he headed a staff of 24 full time coaches. His role was to develop a world class system of player support within the areas of Strength and Conditioning, Injury Rehabilitation, Sport Nutrition and Medical Care.

Liam is also Fitness Coach to Padraig Harrington having worked with Padraig for over a decade now. He gained his undergraduate degree in Physical Education and English from Thomond College in 1981 and from there he completed his Master’s at Loughborough University before going on to complete a further Master’s in Clinical Physiology and then a PhD in Applied Physiology. He also holds honorary membership of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association.

Liam was also an international athlete competing over 50 times for Ireland at the Pole vault. After competing he became national jumps coach. Liam also had the distinction of being Irish team manager at the first world junior Athletic Championships in Athens in 1985. He is also a Level 3 Athletics Tutor.

Working closely with several Universities, Liam is active in research in speed, strength and power and recovery. He also works closely with the Titleist Performance Institute where he contributes to the Junior development programme. Prior to working in professional sport he spent several years working as Chief Exercise Physiologist in the Cardiopulmonary Department at the Blackrock Clinic, Dublin.  He was also Chief Exercise Physiologist to the Irish Olympic team in Atlanta 1996.

Liam has also worked with professional soccer teams in Germany, Italy and England. He has also advised and trained several inter-county Gaelic football and hurling teams working as Fitness coach with Tipperary when they won the All-Ireland senior hurling title in 1991.



Joe Gorey – CEO

Joe joined Setanta College as CEO in November 2010 from Intel, where he worked in HR for 5 years. Prior to this he worked in Production Management for the previous 10 years in Intel. He completed his Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in 2004.

Previously Joe worked as a Production Manager with the Kerry Group.

Joe has a keen interest in Athletics and was Sprints Coach with DCU in their Sports Academy from 2007 to 2010.


Thomas Callanan – Head of Administration

Thomas joined Setanta College as Head of Administration in August 2011. For the last seven years, Thomas has been honouree secretary of  the highly successful Thurles Sarsfield’s G.A.A Club, the club having won eleven county titles at various levels during this period. He completed his Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in 2007. Thomas himself has won numerous underage medals with Thurles Sarsfield’s.


Mary Sweeny – Student Officer and Accounts

Mary jointed Setanta College in 2010 as student officer. Mary brings to Setanta College over 25 years experience working in an office environment.

Mary is responsible for student intake and affairs and is the point of contact for all student queries and student account issues.



Keith Hennessy

Keith is from Dublin and is an experienced Setanta College Tutor having been working with Setanta College since 2008. He has extensive experience working with players and athletes from a variety of team and individual sports such as GAA, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Athletics and Hockey.

Keith originally trained as a Personal Trainer and worked towards a Masters in Sports Psychology which he completed in 2010 at Waterford institute of Technology. Keith is currently lecturing on the BSc in Sports Strength & Conditioning programme in LIT-Tipperary in partnership with Setanta College.

Keith was the Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Tipperary Minor Hurling panel in 2012 (All Ireland Minor Hurling champions) and is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach to the Waterford Senior Hurling panel.


David Moriarty

David has been involved in the physical preparation of squads for the past 15 years and has extensive experience in Strength and Conditioning. He has worked with a variety of hurling and Gaelic football teams within Limerick, Tipperary and Clare, winning three county titles in Limerick. David has also experience working with inter-county teams, being the head Strength and Conditioning and skills coach with the Limerick Footballers for 4 years and the Limerick hurlers for 3 years, likewise he has assisted both the Tipperary and Wexford Senior hurlers in the past.

David has also served as a Conditioning Coach for his own rugby club, Young Munster R.F.C. in Limerick.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Strength and Conditioning from Setanta College, a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Recreation and Leisure Management from Waterford Institute of Technology and numerous other exercise and fitness qualifications.


Ciarán Keogh

Ciarán is an accredited Strength and Conditioning provider with the Irish Institute of Sport and has provided strength and conditioning to Paralympic athletes since 2005 preparing athletes for European, World and Paralympic games. As well as being a graduate of Setanta College, Ciarán holds a BSc from Tralee Institute of Technology and has just completed his Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology at Trinity College Dublin. Ciarán is currently lecturing on the BSc in Sports Strength & Conditioning programme in LIT-Tipperary in partnership with Setanta College.


Damien Young

Damien Young graduated from Waterford Insitute of Technology with a BA Hons in Business Studies, Recreation and Leisure. Following this he completed a Masters Degree in the “Physiological Demands of Inter-County and Inter-Club hurling using Global Positioning System”. Damien has qualified as a tutor through Coaching Ireland and has just completed writing a Level 1 coaching course for Cumann Camógaíochta.

Damien has represented Tipperary at every level from U14 to senior in hurling. He was Strength and Conditioning and Skills coach to the Tipperary Minor hurlers for two years and is presently involved with the county U14 hurling & football conditioning programme.

Damien is the tutor for the Growth, Movement and Development module.


Teresa Molohan

A native of Clare, Teresa has represented her county at all levels of Gaelic football from U14 to Senior. She is currently a member of Ballyboden St.Enda’s GAA club where she coaches in the juvenile section of the club and also serves as coach to the Dublin U14 team. She is a member of the Coaching and Games Development committee in the club and has qualified as a tutor through Coaching Ireland, delivering courses for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Strength and Conditioning from Setanta College and is currently  the assistant tutor for the Growth, Movement and Development module.


Mick Brennan

Mick is an experienced Setanta College Tutor having been with the college from the outset. He has extensive experience having worked in the past with the Wexford Senior Hurling & Football squads and also the Kilmacud Senior Football team as a Strength and Conditioning coach/advisor.

Mick is currently head of P.E. Teaching at Clonkeen College Dublin and also tutors with Hibernia College and is a fitness tester with Elite coaching Ireland. Mick is currently the tutor for module 4 Functional Screening.


Eoin Everard


BSc in Athletic Therapy and Training.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Functional Movement Specialist with FMS.
MSc Physiotherapy with distinction at Northumbria University.

Eoin’s area of interest and specialism is within Functional Screening. He first became passionate about functional screening and exercise prescription when he was on his 6-month work placement in Montreal, Canada. On returning to Ireland, to complete his degree, he started to apply functional screening to help his clients in rehabilitation, injury prevention and to improve performance. He has continued to explore this field of expertise becoming a functional movement specialist with FMS and completing an MSc in Physiotherapy with the dissertation focused on functional training.

Eoin is currently lecturing on the functional screening module and Sports Injuries and Health module in the BSc Strength and Conditioning programme in LIT Tipperary.

Eoin has previously worked with a number of high performing sports stars including Olympians Thomas Chamney, Colin Griffin and European Mixed Martial Arts champion Catherine Costigan. He is currently involved with the Senior Down footballers and works with .


Tommy Dunne

Tommy Dunne is currently the skills coach with the Dublin Senior Hurling team.

Prior to working with Dublin, Tommy was coach to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team in 2011 & 2012. He was coach to the Tipperary U21 team in 2010 and the Tipperary minor hurling teams of 2007 & 2008. He has also worked with numerous individual participants from the world of rugby, athletics, Gaelic football and sailing. Before his coaching career began, he played senior hurling with Tipperary and was an All-Ireland winning captain in 2001.

He has just completed his BA in Strength & Conditioning for Sport with Setanta College.

Tommy is the assistant tutor for the Functional Screening Module.


Des Ryan

Des Ryan is the current Head of Sports Medicine & Athletic Development (Academy) for Arsenal Football Club in North London.

Prior to his current role Des worked for the IRFU as fitness education manager and his responsibilities were managing the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme for IRFU Strength and Conditioning Coaches. His role included managing the fitness development structures for rugby players at Under 19 years of age and below. His responsibilities also included managing the Strength and Conditioning staff with the age grade international teams, Ireland women’s, club and A team.

Previous to this Des worked for Connacht Rugby for 10 years as Head Fitness Advisor from 2000 to 2008. During this time Des has worked with the Ireland A rugby team for 3 years and assisted with the Ireland senior team. Des has presented at many conferences over the past few years in Ireland and abroad including conferences run by the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the GAA’s national coaching development conference.


Gordon Brett

Gordon Brett graduated from Sport and Recreation Studies in Colaiste Stiofain Naofa in 2008 and shortly after completed his PFSC Certificate from Setanta College where he is currently completing a BA in strength and conditioning. He is an IRB educator as well as a rugby, weightlifting and athletics coach.

Gordon works for Munster Rugby as a strength and conditioning coach with the Senior, Academy and Sub Academy squads while working closely with talent identified players and the Irish Women’s 15’s and 7’s Munster based players. He is also the Munster U-18’s S&C.

Gordon tutors on the Resistance Training Module.


Paudie Roche

Paudie Roche is currently the Youth Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Arsenal Football Club.

Prior to working with Arsenal, Paudie was the Irish U-20 Rugby Team Strength & Conditioning Coach. Past experience includes, Academy & Age Grade Fitness Coach for the Munster Rugby Academy during which time he also held the role of Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach to the Irish Rugby Team during the 2010 RBS 6 Nations and 2011 Rugby World Cup. He has worked with a range of sports at National and International Level.

Paudie is currently completing an MSc in Sports Science (Strength & Conditioning) through Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia. He is also UKSCA and NSCA Qualified. He is an avid strength sports fan and a competitive Olympic Weightlifter.

Paudie is the tutor for the Weightlifting module.


Lara Coyne

Lara Coyne is a Chartered Physiotherapist (MISCP) and graduated with undergraduate honors degree in Physiotherapy from UCD in 1998.

Lara also completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy (Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy) in 2009 awarded 1st class honors.

Lara has 14 years of experience in clinical practice as a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with a special interest in Sports Injury management and rehabilitation both in Ireland and Australia.

Lara provided Physiotherapy in a wide variety of sports settings: Athletics, Gaelic football underage, minor & senior, hurling, hockey, rugby both at club and provincial level.

  • Connaught Rugby Team as locum Physiotherapist 2001-2005.
  • Lead Physiotherapist with Galway Ladies football teams (Junior, Senior and Minor teams) from 2002-2007.
  • Lead Physiotherapist with Mayo Senior Men’s Gaelic Football team in 2005 and 2006 seasons (All-Ireland Finalists).
  • Mayo Minor Team 2005.
  • Lara also provides Paediatric Physiotherapy to children with complex disabilities for approximately 10 years.
  • Established own Private Practice in 2005 consisting of a varied caseload.

Lara has a strong commitment to ongoing continuing professional development completing regular postgraduate courses. Lara has completed weightlifting Level 1 and FMS Courses. She is a member of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports & Exercise Medicine and Chartered Physiotherapists in Manual Therapy groups.


Paul Clarke

“Paul was one of the first graduates from our Strength & Conditioning Studies degree program and brings with him a wealth of coaching experience at both county and club level GAA. Operating through his business, Match-Fit, Paul provides performance conditioning services to players of all ages, grades and ability levels to facilitate them in meeting the physical, mental, technical and tactical demands of their game.

With expertise in Functional Movement Screening, Strength & Conditioning and general performance management, Paul is presently coaching with senior clubs in Louth and Meath and is working with Meath GAA in the design and implementation of a Long Term Player Development Pathway.

Paul is the assistant tutor on the Long Term Player/Athlete Development Module.”


Stephen McIvor

Stephen originally played rugby in Leinster but moved to Garryowen and played with Muster, Connacht and Ireland over 6 years from amateur days and then 5 years playing professionally before coaching professionally for over 10 years at AIL 1st Division level and below. During this time he also coached the Ireland Under 23 team, Irish womens Sevens team and acted as an advisor for the IRB to Kazakhstan, Poland and clubs in Russia. Stephen also delivers coaching coaching courses for the IRFU in Ireland and the IRB across Europe.

Stephen completed his Masters in sport psychology on ‘Coach leadership’ in 2009 and is currently doing a PhD out of the University of Central Lancashire on mental toughness and the impacting factors of leadership, environmental and cultural influences.

Stephen currently runs a sport and exercise performance consultancy called ‘Balancing Excellence’.


John Corr

John Corr BA Strength & Conditioning, Physical Therapist, Gym Owner. World Masters Sprint Finalist 2012.

Clients Include – Professional Rugby, Irish Sailing Association Development & Olympic Academy, Irish Race-walking,Track Sprints, GAA, Hockey, Rugby.


Noel Flynn

Noel Flynn is a former Setanta College student and now a member of the College Tutor staff. He has an extensive background within Gaelic Games and currently plays Senior Football with the Lucan Sarsfields Club in Dublin. Noel has represented Dublin from underage to Minor and Junior Level. He has been actively involved in the the delivery of Strength and Conditioning for a number of clubs and athletes in Dublin and Kildare as well as the Dublin Senior Hurling development panel. He has coached Gaelic Games (with male and female teams) at a number of levels from Nursery to Secondary School through to Senior Adult level.

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