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McNamara High Performance Director

March 30, 2017

Congratulations to Paul McNamara named as the new Athletics Ireland Director of High Performance. He will take up the role on April 10th 2017.

Paul joined Athletics Ireland in 2006 as a Regional Development Officer.  He is responsible for the Endurance programme in Athletics Ireland, is an IAAF Level 1V Endurance Coach and a certified Coach Education Tutor. He has been on secondment to Athlone Institute of Technology since 2013 working with its athletic programme and managing AIT Grand Prix.


Paul has been part of the Athletics Ireland management team at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam and the 2016 RIO Olympics. He is a member of Athenry A.C. and a gold medallist at the schools international cross-country in 1991. He represented Ireland at European and World Cross Country Championships and is a 3 time national champion.  He attended Providence College from 1994-1998 competing in NCAA competition and serving as team captain in his senior year.


Paul McNamara pictured left,  said “ I am delighted and proud to be taking up the role of Director of High Performance in Athletics Ireland and am looking forward  to working closely with the athletes and coaches to ensure we can optimise our performances at European, World and Olympic level over the next four years”.


John Foley, C.E.O. Athletics Ireland said “ We are delighted that Paul has agreed to be the Director of High Performance of Athletics Ireland. I have worked closely with him for the past seven years and have continued to be impressed by his drive and commitment. He has extensive experience of grass-roots and elite athletics in Ireland and been a senior member of our team management at major international events.  I look forward to Paul taking up his appointment in early April and to working closely with him”.




For further information contact claireshannon@athleticsireland.ie or 0879748052

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