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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Cork GAA announce Aidan O'Connell as high performance manager

Strength and conditioning coach Aidan O'Connell during Munster Rugby squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick back in February 2018. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Strength and conditioning coach Aidan O'Connell during Munster Rugby squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick back in February 2018. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Cork GAA have announced Aidan O'Connell as its high performance manager.

Covering both hurling and football. O'Connell will be responsible for all high performance matters within the county's GAA set-up.

O'Connell will work alongside the CEO, Cork GAA staff and team managers in both codes "to develop and strengthen strategies relating to player development within the organisation."

O'Connell has over 17 years experience in similar roles with the Munster, Leinster and Irish rugby teams which included strength and conditioning, sports science, return to play, nutrition and lifestyle to elite team sports at youth, amateur, professional and international level.

He also worked with the Cork senior footballers between 2008 and 2012 providing support structures for physical development which coincided with the county’s last All Ireland at senior level.

The announcement follows an appointment process overseen by secretary/CEO Kevin O'Donovan, along with Cian O'Neill of CIT, former Cork managers Brian Cuthbert and Kieran Kingston, and Doug Howlett, formerly of New Zealand and Munster Rugby.

Welcoming the appointment, county chairperson Tracey Kennedy said: "I am absolutely delighted that someone of the calibre and experience of Aidan O'Connell is joining the Cork GAA team.

"The position of High Performance Manager will be a vital one in ensuring that we maximise the achievement of our inter-county teams in an increasingly demanding and competitive environment, and Aidan brings a wealth of practical experience to this role, along with a strong GAA background.

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"He has come through a rigorous interview process, and we are very lucky to have secured his services. On behalf of Cork County Board, I would like to warmly welcome Aidan to the team and wish him every success in this new role."

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