2017 WUG Team Ireland


The 2017 World University Games (or known as the Universiade) will be hosted by the city of Taipei, Taiwan from the 19 – 30 August.

For further information in relation to the Games please click on the following link: Taipei Universiade Web Site

Team Ireland Newsletter:

Please see below, a links to our Team Ireland Newsletter.

Team Ireland – Appointments To Date.

Role Name Organisation
Head of Delegation Neasa Fahy O’Donnell University of Limerick
Deputy Head of Delegation Niamh O’Callaghan Dublin Institute of Technology
Deputy Head of Delegation Peter Stafford Stafford Sports Consulting
Team Doctor Dr. Barbara Fair Queen’s University Belfast
Head Physiotherapist Michelle Biggins ProActive Physio
Physiotherapist Declan Monaghan ExWell Medical Clinic & Dublin North Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist Kathryn Fahy University of Limerick
Physiotherapist Johnny Loughrey JT Physiotherapy
Soft Tissue Therapist Aiveen Lavery JT Physiotherapy
Team Photographer Tommy Dickson Inpho Photography
FISU Assembly Delegate Carmel Lynch SSI Hon Member
Athletics Head Coach Neil Martin Athletics Ireland
Athletics Coach Noelle Morrissey Athletics Ireland
Delegation Official Dylan Maguire FAI
Men’s Football Head Coach Greg Yelverton University College Cork- FAI
Men’s Football Assistant Coach Luke Hardy IT Carlow- FAI
Men’s Football Goalkeeper Coach David Bourke Maynooth University
Men’s Football Equipment Officer Paul Walsh Griffith College- FAI
Women’s Football Head Coach Colin Bell FAI
Women’s Football Assistant Coach & Video Analyst Gary Seery FAI
Women’s Football Goalkeeper Coach David Rooney Limerick IT
Women’s Football Equipment Officer Claire Redmond University College Dublin
Diving Head Coach Damian Ball Swim Ireland
Swimming Head Coach Lars Hummer Swim Ireland High Performance Coach
Swimming Coach Paul Dennis Bangor Swimming Club Coach

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Selected Students

Sport Name Event College
Athletics Cian McManamon 20km Walk Race Dublin City University
Emma Mitchell 5,000m & 10,000m Queen’s University Belfast
Kevin Kelly 1,500m Dublin City University
Marcus Lawler 100m & 200m Institute of Technology Carlow
Matthew Bergin 5,000m University of New Mexico
Michelle Finn 3,000m Steeplechase University of Limerick
Niamh Whelan 100m University of Limerick
Paul Byrne 400m Hurdles University of Limerick
Phil Healy 200m University College Cork
Sarah Lavin 100m Hurdles University College Dublin
Shona Heaslip 5,000m  IT Tralee
Diving Jack Ffrench  1m & 3m Springboard Maynooth University
Natasha MacManus  1m & 3m Springboard Princeton University
 Men’s Football Alan O’Sullivan Dublin City University
Ben McAuliffe University College Cork
Conor Barry National University of Ireland Galway
Conor Kearns University College Dublin
Daire O’Connor University College Dublin
David Brookes Athlone Institute of Technology
Eoghan Dempsey Institute of Technology Carlow
Gary Kinneen National University of Ireland Galway
Ian Molloy Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Jamie Hollywood Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Jason Lyons Athlone Institute of Technology
Jason McClelland University College Dublin
Joe Doyle Dublin Institute of Technology
John McKeown Maynooth University
Maurice Nugent National University of Ireland Galway
Ross Taheny Dublin City University
Sean McLoughlin University College Cork
Sean O’Mahony University College Cork
Shane Daly-Butz University College Cork
Shane Dunne Institute of Technology Carlow
Swimming Brendan Hyland  200m Butterfly Dublin City University
Calum Bain  400m Freestyle Relay University of Stirling
Conor Brines  50m Butterfly Queen’s University Belfast
Curtis Coulter  400m Freestyle Relay Queen’s University Belfast
Darragh Greene  50m Breaststroke University College Dublin
David Prendergast  400m Freestyle Relay University College Dublin
Jordan Sloan  100m & 200m Freestyle Ulster University
Nicholas Quinn  100m & 200m Breaststroke University of Edinburgh
Rory McEvoy  50m Backstroke University of Limerick
Shane Ryan  100m Backstroke Pennsylvania State University
 Women’s Football Ailbhe Clancy Dublin City University
Aisling Frawley Dublin City University
Amanda Budden Cork Institute of Technology
Amber Barrett Maynooth University
Aoibhin Webb Dublin City University
Ciara McNamara University College Cork
Claire O’Riordan Institute of Technology Carlow
Claire Walsh University College Dublin
Clare Kinsella Institute of Technology Carlow
Eleanor Ryan Doyle Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Emma Byrne Maynooth University
Eve Badana University College Cork
Jetta Berrill University College Dublin
Katie McCarthy University College Cork
Rianna Jarrett Institute of Technology Carlow
Niamh McLaughlin Northumbria University
Chloe Mustaki University College Dublin
Orlagh Nolan University College Dublin
Rebekah Carroll Maynooth University
Shauna Fox National University of Ireland Galway


Sports Selection Criteria

Sport Criteria Qualification Deadline
Athletics  Criteria 9th July
Men’s Football  Criteria See Criteria
Swimming & Diving  Criteria 1st May
Women’s Football  Criteria See Criteria


World University Games Background

The World University Games, also known as the Summer Universiade, are held every two years under the auspices of FISU, the International University Sports Federation. The Games are second in size only to the Olympics with around 13,000 competitors and officials participating. The 2017 WUG programme will compromise of fourteen compulsory sports and eight optional sports (see below) and which are determined by the relevant host country. The Games are staged in various cities throughout the world.

Please follow this link to view the 2017 Sports Programme

The Irish delegation at the 2015 Games held in Gwangju, South Korea consisted of 64 athletes and 27 team officials and was supported by third level colleges and universities, the relevant National Governing Sports Bodies and Sport Ireland.

The Games are now an established part of high performance programmes for many Irish athletes in a range of different sports, many of the athletes being funded by Sport Ireland’s high performance programme and are an ideal stepping stone for young high performance athletes who are either moving from age group events or starting to show significant promise in their chosen sport. The Games also act as a significant learning / training opportunity for both athletes and officials in a high performance and global multi-sport environment, which places both athletes and officials at an advantage for the Olympic Games.

Student Sport Ireland is the sole sanctioning body responsible for identifying, selecting and coordinating the Irish delegation to the 2017 Games. Student Sport Ireland also establishes selection criteria and appoints the Team Managers, coaching staff in each sport in conjunction with the relevant NGBs in addition to overseeing the appointment of medical, administrative and PR personnel.