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Mark Rohan on Completing MBA in Sport Management

I’ve just completed an MBA in Sport Management at the European University of Madrid which is a graduate school for Real Madrid. My final project presentations took place on the 30th of June and I just received the news that we passed and we received some good feedback, so I have literally, just finished, though I still have a six-week internship to complete. I’m heading to London to do it at Wembley! There’s a university called University College of Football Business there that is partnered with the FA, Man City and Burnley and they also have a link with Real Madrid. I already had a degree in Sports Management from UC...

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Everything Going to Plan for Dr. Michael McKillop

Earlier this month I was down in the Algarve, in Monte Gordo, for a 12-day training camp which gave me a great opportunity to get in a lot of hard training and also refresh my brain. My dad (Paddy) is my coach but, as he’s a teacher and it was term-time, he couldn’t get the time off so it was just myself and my girlfriend (Nicole Martin) out there. Nicole is my assistant coach as well and does so much for me outside our relationship. She has a very high pressure job as an actuary. I didn’t understand before what that even was but she works out things like probabilities in pensions and life insurance. She’s a brain-box...

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Ellen Keane Writes Her First Road to Rio Diary

May has been such a busy month for me. In the week leading into the Europeans all of my second-year assignments were due, I also had a couple of practical exams and now I’ve come back to written exams. It’s been tough. I get so stressed out about exams and, even without realising it, I’m wasting so much energy. I didn’t swim well at Europeans and when the head coach (Jim Laverty) asked me what was wrong I had to explain just how tired I felt. He was like, ‘OK, this isn’t the main goal this year so just try your hardest and enjoy yourself, there’s no expectation on you.’ I was really grateful for that but, at the same ...

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Six-Strong Team for IPC Swimming European Open Championships

Paralympics Ireland has announced a very competitive team to represent Ireland at the Paralympic (IPC) Swimming European Open Championships which will take place in Funchal, Portugal, from May 1st to May 7th.

The Irish team, which is sponsored by Allianz, is made up of World Championship bronze medallist and double Paralympian (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) Ellen Keane along with fellow London Paralympians, James Scully and Jonathan McGrath. The team also features Ailbhe Kelly and Nicole Turner who made their debut on the international stage at the 2015 World Championships, while 14-year-old Barry McClements is competi...

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6 Member Irish Paralympic Team Heading to World Swimming Championships in Glasgow

Double Paralympians Darragh McDonald and Ellen Keane lead a six-strong Irish team to compete in the World Swimming Championships in Glasgow from July 13-19.

The team, which is supported by Allianz Ireland, includes previous Paralympians James Scully and Jonathan McGrath as well as newcomers Ailbhe Kelly and Nicole Turner.

Team Manager Hayley Burke sees these championships as vital preparation for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“We’ve just returned from a really positive and productive ten day warm weather camp in Fuerteventura. All the team worked exceptionally hard fine tuning final preparations there and are in good sh...

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