Our role in the Grand Slam

As you may be aware Ireland won the 6 nations its 3rd grand slam on Patricks day when the old foe England were defeated at Twickenham.

IT Tallaght had a small but important role to play in the victory. Shane Malone is currently the head of sport science with the IRFU and his role involves monitoring the training load of players making sure they are in the best possible health for competition. Shane is a former undergrad Sport Science and Health student. His PhD is focused on investigating training load in elite Gaelic footballers.

The research and work Shane undertakes at the Gaelic Sports Research Centre here in Tallaght is gaining considerable traction both nationally and internationally. In conjunction with his role with the IRFU he is also working with Udinese in the Series A, Benfica in Portugal, and Celtic in Scotland.

If you would like to hear a little bit more about the work Shane Malone and Shane Mangan (another former undergrad student and current PhD student at the Gaelic Sports Research Centre) they delivered a 2 series podcast for the acclaimed Pacey Performance podcast recently.

Kieran Collins


PS on another rugby note former IT Tallaght undergrad sport science and health student Dylan Fawsitt gained his first international cap and helped the American rugby team (the Eagles) win their respective grand slam.


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