Professor Colin Boreham

Director, UCD Ad Astra Academy 

Colin Boreham joined UCD in July 2006 to become the inaugural Director of the Institute for Sport and Health.

He is a sports scientist of over 30 years standing, and has published over 100 peer reviewed papers on aspects of exercise, sport and health.

He is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the European College of Sports Sciences, and is on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Sports Sciences and Paediatric Exercise Sciences. On the sporting front, he is an ex UK record holder for the High Jump and went on to represent Great Britain at the 1984 Olympics as a Decathlete alongside the great Daley Thompson.

He was also Fitness Adviser to the IRFU from 1987-90.

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Ms. Ann O'Hanlon

Manager, Ad Astra Elite Sports Academy

Ann O'Hanlon has a BA and MBS from UCD, together with postgraduate qualifications in Psychotherapy from DCU. Ann brings extensive knowledge of the university to her role as Manager of the UCD Ad Astra Academy – Elite Sports Scholarship Programme.

She has worked in a variety of roles within UCD, most recently as Manager of the UCD School of Physiotherapy and as a Student Adviser to the School of Computer Science. She has lectured to postgraduate students at UCD and delivered undergraduate courses for the NCI. She also practised as a psychotherapist in the Student Health Centre at UCD and at Turning Point, Dun Laoghaire.

In addition to her role at the Ad Astra Academy, Ann manages the Centre for Sports Studies which is part of the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science. Her focus is people-centred which translates into an easy rapport with, and genuine care of all members of the UCD Ad Astra Academy.

Dr. Eamonn Delahunt

Academic Mentor

Dr. Eamonn Delahunt graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree from the UCD School of Physiotherapy in 2003. Upon graduation Eamonn was the recipient of a prestigious IRCSET post-graduate research scholarship. He was awarded his PhD from the UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science in 2006.

Eamonn has been the recipient of numerous research bursaries for his research on chronic ankle instability and has published on this topic in all the leading Sports Medicine/Science journals.

He currently works as a Senior Lecturer in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, and acts as the Programme Co-ordinator for the BSc Health and Performance Science Degree Programme.

Eamonn has extensive clinical experience having previously worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist in ExWell Medical. He is currently the academic mentor for the UCD Ad Academy – Elite Sports Scholarship Programme.

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Dr. Domenico Crognale

Exercise Physiologist and Human Performance Laboratory Manager

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Mr. Ryan Stewart

Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach and Gym Manager

‌Ryan obtained his BSc in Applied Sports Science with Coaching followed by an MSc in Strength and Conditioning from Northumbria University. Ryan is currently untaking a PhD in UCD, investigating the effects of fatigue on reactive strength in athletic populations. 

He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and an accredited weightlifting coach. Ryan has worked in Strength and Conditioning and Sport Science roles in a range of professional sporting organisations including Sunderland AFC, Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (New York), Ulster Rugby and Newcastle Falcons RFC.

On the sporting front, Ryan has competed at international level in Powerlifting winning a junior world title.

Ms. Orlaith Curran

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Orlaith graduated with a BSc in Sport Science & Health from DCU, followed by an MProf in Elite Performance from the University of Central Lancashire. She is currently carrying out a PhD into the Talent Development Environment of Female Irish Hockey players.

Orlaith is an ASCA Level 2 Certified S&C coach. She has worked S&C and Sport Science roles in a range of professional sporting organisations including New Zealand Rugby, Taranaki RFU (NZ), Lenister Rugby and Hockey Ireland. 


Mr. Liam Heavin

Director, DBC

Liam is a Chartered Physiotherapist with the unusual distinction of having taken his undergraduate degree in Finland. He continued his studies with an MSc in Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin before joining forces with the Helsinki-based rehabilitation group DBC International to open Ireland's first DBC centre, based at a purpose built 2,500 ft2 facility in Dublin. Since its inception in 2001, this centre has become one of Ireland's leading Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Clinics.

Liam has continued his involvement in elite Sports Medicine as physiotherapist to Shamrock Rovers FC, having previously worked with Drogheda United, Bohemians, as screening physiotherapist for the National Coaching & Training Centre's PACE carding scheme, as well as providing physiotherapy services to several Inter-County GAA Teams. He has also previously written a monthly article on golf fitness & performance in the world's number 1 golf publication, "Golf Digest".

His 2005 appointment to the position of President of the Irish Sports Medicine Association (ISMA) was a landmark in Liam's career to date. The ISMA was the recognised official representative body of sports medicine in Ireland by the Irish Sports Council & the Department of Health, & represented the country as a member of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA) & the Fe´d´ration Internationale de M´decine du Sport (FIMS).